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The Menopause Care Gap is Costing You Serious Money

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Economics 101: Menopause (Pt. 2) – The Cost of the Care Gap

Last week’s Econ 101: Menopause (Pt.1) pulled back the curtain on the hidden cost of menopause in the workplace. Spoiler alert: menopause can cost upwards of $6,500 lost productivity per woman/year. This week: menopause & healthcare – or rather, lack of healthcare.

We don’t mean to bring down the mood, but let’s start with some sobering (menopause-related) statistics we don’t talk about enough:

Although all women go through menopause (yes 100%), less than 20% of OB/GYN residency programs offer any menopause training at all. This leaves a majority of women (>70%) who seek treatment without proper care. Women just need to “deal” with their hot flashes because it’s a “natural time for a woman”, right? WRONG. Put into dollars and cents, women with untreated “VMS” menopause symptoms (i.e. hot flashes, night sweats, etc.) use between 82-121% more healthcare resources and cost an additional $1,336 per year than women without VMS. If that sounds small, perhaps the “$B” numbers in the chart below will change your mind?

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But before we start a round of the blame game, remember: gynecologists and doctors are not responsible for this care gap. Decades of social stigma, a fragmented healthcare system that values procedures over prevention & education, and under-investment in women’s healthcare and research has led us to where we are today. It may take years to change, but we’re fighting the good fight at Elektra.



Updated: May 12, 2020