“In 2020 there were 657 million women aged 45- 59, many contributing to the workforce throughout their menopausal years”.1

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What may the Menopause and the Workplace Umbrella include?

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

  • Menopause and the Workplace
  • Menopause in the Workplace

EMAS and Menopause in the Workplace 2021

What is EMAS and Menopause in the Workplace 2021?

In EMAS and Menopause in the Workplace 2021 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. EMAS is therefore producing in 2021 a living online resource about menopause in the workplace”.2

MIPO Menopause Information Pack for Organizations

What is the (Australian) MIPO Menopause Information Pack for Organizations?

On page one in Welcome To MIPO: The Menopause Information Pack for Organizations – Introduction: What Is MIPO? How Can Organizations and Managers Use It? the MIPO elaborate on:

“MIPO is a free resource for organizations developed by internationally renowned researchers and experts that is based on a growing evidence-base, research, and available guidelines surrounding menopause and work. It aims to raise awareness, provide information and generate behaviours and forms of communication that will improve organizations’ and managers’ knowledge and confidence to support menopause at work”.3

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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)”.4

Menopause Age

What is the average age of menopause?

In What Is 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 50 years. 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 cancer treatments. Menopause is considered “early” when it occurs between 40 and 45 years”.5

Menopause Symptoms

What are some menopause symptoms?

In Perimenopause: How To Manage the Change Before ‘The Change’ the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“For some, perimenopause causes few health issues. But around 20% of women experience moderate to severe symptoms, which can include:

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Problems with falling asleep, staying asleep and sleep quality
  • Breast tenderness
  • Itchy/crawly/dry skin
  • Exhaustion
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Migraines
  • More pronounced pre-menstrual tension
  • Mood changes – these may include feeling more teary and irritable. Chronic or increased anxiety may also occur
  • Weight gain, despite no changes to diet or exercise”.6

Menopause Duration

How long may menopause symptoms last?

In What Is Menopause? Key Points? the AMS elaborate on

  • “These symptoms last on average 4-8 years, but are usually most frequent and severe in the year around the final menstrual period”.7

Work Impact

What impact may menopause have on women’s working lives?

In New Survey Highlights Impact of the Menopause on Every Aspect of Women’s Lives In the UK published in October 2017, it was noted:

“Nearly half of women (47%) surveyed who are in employment and who needed to take a day off because of the menopause said they wouldn’t feel comfortable disclosing the real reason to their employer or colleagues”.8

Health Care Provider

What if I would like to find out what menopause information is applicable to me?

If you would like to find out what menopause information is applicable to you, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Menopause Symptoms and Relief: When Should I See My Doctor About My Menopause Symptoms? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov explain:

“If any of your menopause symptoms bother you, talk with your doctor or nurse. When you talk about treatments, you might discuss:

  • Your symptoms and how much they bother you
  • Your health risks based on your age and your health
  • Whether you have used a treatment like menopausal hormone therapy before
  • Whether menopausal hormone therapy is an option for you, based on your past health and family history
  • Whether you have already reached post-menopause and, if so, how long ago”.9

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  1. EMAS and Menopause in the Workplace 2021. European Menopause and Andropause Society https://www.emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/ Accessed: 01 May 2021
  2. EMAS and Menopause in the Workplace 2021. European Menopause and Andropause Society https://www.emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/ Accessed: 01 May 2021
  3. Welcome To MIPO: The Menopause Information Pack for Organizations – Introduction: What Is MIPO? How Can Organizations and Managers Use It? https://c07fd407-a2cb-496d-8510-36d1fd50773c.filesusr.com/ugd/982b52_20cd22ca1ea54426be12aca2c8bdd25c.pdf Accessed: 01 May 2021
  4. 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: 01 May 2021
  5. What Is Menopause? Content Updated February 2016. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 01 May 2021
  6. Perimenopause: How To Manage the Change Before ‘The Change’. 08 March 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/news/perimenopause-how-to-manage-the-change-before-the-change Accessed: 01 May 2021
  7. What Is Menopause? Content Updated February 2016. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 01 May 2021
  8. New Survey Highlights Impact of the Menopause on Every Aspect of Women’s Lives In the UK. 18 October 2017. British Menopause Society https://www.womens-health-concern.org/2017/10/new-survey-highlights-impact-menopause-every-aspect-womens-lives-uk/ Accessed: 01 May 2021
  9. Menopause Symptoms and Relief: When Should I See My Doctor About My Menopause Symptoms. Medical Review In: 2017. Page Last Updated: 22 May 2018. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-symptoms-and-relief Accessed: 01 May 2021

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