Long COVID vs. Perimenopause or Menopause
There are many women diagnosed with Long COVID yet very few are considered to be perimenopausal or menopausal by their clinicians. The symptoms of Long Covid, menopause and perimenopause are exactly the same.
Many women are saying that they think their own hormones are contributing to their Long COVID symptoms yet they are not being offered HRT.
Dr Louise Newson and team at her not-for-profit company, Newson Health Research and Education, recently hosted a survey asking about Long Covid symptoms and whether healthcare professionals had discussed hormones or provided any treatment for perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms.
It is staggering to find 51% of participants did not experience any conversation with their healthcare professional about their hormones or perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms. This is despite the vast majority of women thinking that some of their Long COVID symptoms could be due to their perimenopause or menopause.
Dr Louise Newson has seen quite a few women in her clinic who have been diagnosed with Long COVID yet are also perimenopausal or menopausal. Many of their symptoms have really improved with a combination of oestrogen and testosterone.
Women with Long COVID should download the free app balance, fill out the symptom questionnaire and track their symptoms (and periods if they are having them). They should then download their Health Report© and show this to their healthcare professional and use this to start their conversation about taking HRT.
Those experiencing the perimenopause or menopause with Long COVID should not be denied HRT.
£20 million has recently been invested in Long COVID research yet none of these studies are looking at female hormones. This needs to change. Women deserve to be listened to.