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Menopause in the workplace

Menopause is when periods stop due to lower hormone levels. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55. The period leading up to this is called the perimenopause, normally starting in the early forties and it can continue for many years. This is a time of great fluctuations in hormones and it is possible to experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms. However, it is important to recognise that menopause could happen at any time as a result of early menopause or surgical menopause. 

The most common symptoms that impact individuals at work are anxiety, brain fog and fatigue, and these often lead to lack of confidence and self-esteem. Tasks and activities that employees have been doing for a long time can become more difficult, or even impossible, as a result of brain fog and memory issues. Tiredness brought about by sleep problems can impact on a person's behaviour and performance. Other symptoms such as hot flushes, heavy and unexpected periods, and the need to urinate frequently and urgently can be embarrassing and inconvenient. 

Often individuals are reluctant to talk about their menopause symptoms and the support that they need for fear of being judged, mocked, humiliated or disregarded. 

Some reasons for your organisation to get the menopause conversation started...

Women make up nearly half of the UK workforce

3 out of 4 women experience symptoms and 1 in 4 could experience serious symptoms that are likely to affect them and their colleagues in the workplace

Women over 50 are the fastest growing demographic in the workplace

It is estimated that up to 10% of women consider giving up work because of their menopause symptoms

Nearly 8 out of 10 menopausal women are in work

Many women feel forced to reduce their hours at work, pass up promotions and even quit their jobs due to lack of menopause support and understanding

How will you benefit?

If people affected by menopause feel safe and supported at work, it can help to…

  • improve productivity, happiness and wellbeing

  • increase staff retention

  • reduce recruitment costs

  • reduce staff absence

  • ensure a more diverse workforce

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