When we set out to create Evernow, our mission was to build medicine specifically for women in recognition that their biology is different from men's biology.
Throughout history, much of the health and disease knowledge that we’ve accumulated is focused on the male body, not the female. This means major health events for half of the population, including menopause, and their impacts on women's health and longevity have either been misunderstood or understudied—or both.
To help improve the science and make information more widely available, we collected data from over 40,000 women to create the most up-to-date study on menopause in women’s health. For too long, menopause has been seen as “just hot-flashes.” We now know that the symptoms of menopause are very real, very disruptive, and much more than only one or two things.
From insomnia to diabetes to increased neurodegenerative disease risk, menopause is a defining event in women’s lives, and how it is recognized and treated can determine a woman’s health and longevity for the 2nd half of her life.
Using these insights, we hope to guide women and the larger medical community on how to better treat the symptoms and health impacts of menopause, and to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of menopause on women’s bodies.
Among the insights:
- Over 95% of respondents rated at least 3 symptoms a 3 or 4 on a severity scale of 0-4.
- The frequency and severity of symptoms change over time. Brain fog, for instance, is more severe and prevalent in perimenopause than menopause. These nuances are important to understand in order to avoid delaying care and management.
- Women who had hysterectomies reported more severe symptoms across the board, as did women who smoked, and are 27% more likely to be obese
At Evernow, we believe that every woman should be able to keep living their best lives through menopause. We also believe that recognizing and identifying the symptoms and understanding their severity is a crucial step toward getting treatment and finding relief.
Knowledge is power—especially when it comes to your health. We hope that the groundbreaking data collected from our study will help empower women in various stages of their lives to understand their bodies better and prioritize their health during this important transition.
To see the report and discover even more insights about this important issue, click here.