“While the menopause may cause no significant problems for some women, for others it is known to present considerable difficulties in both their personal…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause and the Workplace Guidance Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • For Workplaces
  • Menopause Workplace
  • Menopause Workplace Guidance
  • Menopause Workplace Policy

Menopause in the Workplace Statistics

How many women aged 45-59 are contributing to the workforce throughout their menopausal years?

In Menopause in the Workplace the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) explain:

“In 2020 there were 657 million women aged 45- 59, many contributing to the workforce throughout their menopausal years. Although the average age of the natural menopause is 51, it can occur earlier, either naturally or induced by surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. While the menopause may cause no significant problems for some women, for others it is known to present considerable difficulties in both their personal and working lives. Workplace health and wellbeing frameworks and policies should therefore incorporate menopausal health as part of the wider context of gender and age equality and reproductive and post-reproductive health”.2

Menopause in the Workplace

Where may I find more information about Menopause in the Workplace by the EMAS?

In Menopause in the Workplace you may find:

Global Consensus Recommendations
Menopause in the Workplace

Menopause and the Workplace GuidanceWhat is the aim of the Global Consensus Recommendations on Menopause In the Workplace: A European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) Position Statement?

On page one in the Global Consensus Recommendations on Menopause in the Workplace: A European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) Position Statement: Abstract – Introduction Rees et al. explain:

Aim: To provide recommendations for employers, managers, healthcare professionals and women to make the workplace environment more menopause supportive, and to improve women’s wellbeing and their ability to remain in work”.3

World Menopause & Work Day

What is World Menopause & Work Day?

In September 7 is World Menopause & Work Day! the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) explain:

World Menopause & Work Day“With the World Menopause & Work Day, we are uniting to raise awareness on menopause in the workplace and fight for the reduction of the stigma and emotional burden attached to it. Menopause is a gender- and age-equality issue, and dealing with its consequences should be part of maintaining an inclusive work environment. Our ambitious is to turn the date of September 7 into a long-lasting platform to advocate to educate managers, supervisors, occupational health professionals and the general workforce about the menopause”.4

Menopause Definition

What is menopause?

DotS the definition of menopause may vary. In Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What Is Menopause? the North American Menopause Society’s definition is:

“A. First off, menopause is not a disease. Menopause is a normal, natural event—defined as the final menstrual period and usually confirmed when a woman has missed her periods for 12 consecutive months (in the absence of other obvious causes)”.5

Menopause Age

What is the average age of menopause?

In What Is Menopause? Definition of Menopause the Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) explain:

“Most women become menopausal naturally between the ages of 45 and 55 years, with the average age of onset at around 51 years. Surgical menopause refers to menopause as a result of bilateral oophorectomy. Premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency may occur before the age of 40 due to natural ovarian function ceasing, following surgery to remove the ovaries, or as a result of chemo/ radiotherapy. Menopause is considered “early” when it occurs between 40 and 45 years”.6

Menopause Symptoms Duration

What is the average duration of menopause symptoms?

On page one and two in Optimising the Menopause Transition: Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause, first published online 10 June 2022, Hamoda et al. elaborate on:

“It is estimated that menopausal symptoms affect more than 75% of women, with over 25% of women describing severe symptoms. Furthermore, menopausal symptoms may last for a long time with an average duration of 7 years, with a third of women experiencing symptoms beyond 7 years”.7

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  1. Menopause in the Workplace. European Menopause and Andropause Society https://emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/ Accessed: 10 October 2022
  2. Menopause in the Workplace. European Menopause and Andropause Society https://emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/ Accessed: 10 October 2022
  3. Rees, M et al. Maturitas. 2021.06.006. Global Consensus Recommendations on Menopause in the Workplace: A European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) Position Statement. Maturitas https://www.emas-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Global-consensus-recommendations-on-menopause-in-the-workplace.pdf Accessed: 10 October 2022
  4. September 7 Is World Menopause & Work Day! European Menopause and Andropause Society https://emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/world-menopause-and-work-day/ Accessed: 10 October 2022
  5. Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What Is Menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-an-introduction-to-menopause Accessed: 10 October 2022
  6. What Is Menopause? Definition of Menopause. Content Created May 2022. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 10 October 2022
  7. Hamoda, H. et al. Optimising the Menopause Transition: Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause. First Published Online 10 June 2022:1-2 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20533691221104882 Accessed: 10 October 2022
Topic Last Updated: 29 November 2022 – Topic Last Reviewed: 10 October 2022

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