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Data from Japan

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According to a survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, many did not visit a doctor despite suspected symptoms of menopause.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s survey of menopausal symptoms in Japan showed that 28.3% of women in their 40s, 38.3% in their 50s, and 27.7% in the 60s thought they might have such symptoms. That said, the percentage of women who had visited the hospital for consultation and were diagnosed with symptoms was only 3.6% in their 40s, 9.1% in their 50s, and 6, 9% in their 60s.

Menopause generally refers to the period of about 10 years when the menstrual cycle ends and due to a decrease in hormones, various disorders such as hot flashes, palpitations and irritability may occur.

When respondents who had experienced at least one symptom of menopause were asked how much time had elapsed between when they became aware of these symptoms and when they had a medical consultation, among those who consulted a doctor within three months, 9.1% were in their 40s, 11.6% were in their 50s and 9.9% in their 60s. The overwhelming majority had not seen a doctor, however, indicating that many may attempt to go through menopause without seeking medical advice.

It is also believed that men develop symptoms similar to menopausal symptoms in women after the age of 40 due to a decrease in testosterone, although this has not been fully confirmed. Looking at the percentage of men who saw a doctor and were diagnosed with menopausal symptoms, 1.5% were in their 40s, 1.7% in their 50s, and 0.9% in their 60s. Only 8.2% of men in their 40s, 14.3% in their 50s and 13.6% in their 60s thought they had symptoms of menopause.

The survey targeted people between the ages of 20 and 64 nationwide and received responses from 5,000 people, including 2,975 women and 2,025 men.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)