Frequently Asked Questions
Below find the most common questions we’ve been asked about Menopause What Works. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please feel free to email us.
I am on more than one treatment, how do I know what helps what?
You may be on several medications and adapting your lifestyle in different ways to cope with your symptoms. For example, you may be using a vaginal oestrogen ring, be taking a systemic HRT tablet and supplements for insomnia. Our review questions ask you to assess ‘what works’ – and it’s hard to say which bits work for what symptoms. To make sure we are getting the best data, you can select more than one treatment type to review and you can also fill in commentary on what you are doing/taking/trying in the free text at the end.
I have many side effects, how do I know what caused them?
One of the hardest parts of understanding menopause is the ongoing changes in hormone levels. Symptoms – and accordingly treatments – are shifting all the time. It can be really hard to draw a straight line between something you take and a specific side effect. However, part of finding out ‘what works’ is seeing the patterns in large numbers of women. To make it easy for you to identify side-effects, our website offers you a set of options as reported from the manufacturer of each treatment/pharmaceutical. You also have the option to enter others that you have experienced. If you are not sure – include it. If 100 other women have the same experience, then we know something is worth exploring in more detail.
Is this really scientific?
The power of this platform comes from finding patterns in big numbers. We hope the reviews of a product or treatment regime help you in a similar way that chatting to your friends helps you. Over time our goal is to build a database of thousands (then millions) of responses. If we start to see that 20 or 100 or 1,000 people are having the same experience, then we know something is worth exploring in more detail in scientific studies. It is our goal to find out what works and what does not so that women, like yourself, can identify the best treatment regime possible. The reviews and information on our website should complement, not replace, the advice of your GP or the information provided by the treatment manufacturer.
What do you do with my data?
Why can’t I find any information for a treatment I searched?
We are a work in progress and are expanding content as we go along. It is our goal to cover all the menopause treatments that women have found to be useful. If there is a specific treatment that you feel is missing, please do send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will work to add the treatment option and notify you as soon as it is up! Thanks for your patience and helping us make the site better.
Why can’t I find any review statistics for the treatment I searched?
We only publish aggregated data for treatments where we have at least 10 reviews. If there is something that you are particularly interested in, please help us by spreading the word. The more reviews that come in, the faster we are able to share the bigger picture back to you and the broader community. We have made sharing easy – you can use our links for email, whatsapp, Instagram, linkedin and twitter.
Why do you ask about ethnicity?
Providing information about your ethnicity is entirely your choice. However, we do think it’s important – so let us make the case for why it is important for you to share it with us. First, when we crunch the data (once we have data at scale), we want to identify any trends related to efficacy of some treatments and ethnic backgrounds. Second, we want to make sure that we are getting reviews from a diverse set of women. We will not be successful if we do not include everyone who goes through menopause. We know this can be sensitive, and we assure you that we believe this has a real, scientific purpose.
Why do you ask about height and weight?
Providing height and weight is entirely your choice. However, we do think it’s important – so let us make the case for why it is great for you to share it with us. First, when we crunch the data, we want to identify any trends related to the efficacy of some treatments and body types. Second, as a user of this website, you may want to see what works for other women of a similar build. We know this is private, and we assure you that we believe this has a real, scientific purpose.
Will leaving a review actually help anyone?
Will leaving a review actually help anyone? Have you ever asked a friend, ‘what worked for you?’ with regards to her menopause experience? We are trying to combine privacy and discretion with the power of an international community of women. If you are struggling with specific symptoms or feel like a particular treatment option is giving you serious side effects – it’s nice to know if others have the same experience! Sharing your experience can help someone else understand options and trade-offs. Over time, if we all share our experience, we can start to see what works and what doesn’t. With big enough numbers we can influence and drive better medical understanding of menopause treatments.