Weekly Hot Topic: The Menopause Care Gap is Costing You Serious Money (2/21/2020)

Updated: May 12

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?

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.


"So many women I’ve talked to see menopause as an ending. But I’ve discovered this is your moment to reinvent yourself after years of focusing on the needs of everyone else. It’s your opportunity to get clear about what matters to you and then to pursue that with all of your energy, time and talent."

-Oprah Winfrey

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