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Suicide rates in menopausal women up 6%

by LLB Reporter
17th Nov 21 9:59 am

Suicide rates among women aged 45 to 54 — the most common age to be experiencing menopause and perimenopause — have risen 6% in the last 20 years, defying a trend for falling rates among older women, reveals research by Menopause Experts Group.

Those aged 45 to 54 have the highest suicide rate among women, with 7.1 deaths per 100,000 females aged 45 to 49, and a rate of 6.9 for 50 to 54-year-olds. By comparison, the rate for 65 to 69-year-olds was only 3.7 per 100,000 in the latest figures.

Suicide rates for older women fell by 50 per cent from 1981 to 1994, and rates have continued to drop since for those aged over 55.

But the rates for women aged 45 to 54 have bucked the trend, and since the late 1990s, suicide rates for 45 to 54-year-olds have been rising.

Between 1998 and 2020, rates for over-55s fell 28%, but those for 45 to 54-year-olds rose 6%.

A ten-year moving average shows rates for 45 to 54-year-olds hit a low point of 6.5 in 1998, with the latest average equivalent 6.9% higher at 7.0. Based on an individual year, rates of 7.0 in 2020 are 14% higher than the low of 6.1 seen in 1999.

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