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

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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”.2

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”.3

Global Consensus Recommendations
Menopause in the Workplace

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

In Global Consensus Recommendations on Menopause in the Workplace: A European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) Position Statement the 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”.4

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Menopause

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 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

What are some menopause symptoms?

In Symptoms of Menopause: Physical and Emotional Symptoms the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Physical Symptoms
Physical symptoms may include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot Flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Sore breasts
  • Itchy, crawly or dry skin
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Dry vagina
  • Loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Headaches or migraines
  • More pronounced premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Aches and pains
  • Bloating
  • Urinary problems
  • Weight gain due to a slower metabolism

Emotional Symptoms
Emotional symptoms may include:

  • Feeling irritable or frustrated
  • Feeling anxious
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lowered mood
  • Mood swings
  • Feeling you can’t cope as well as you used to”.7

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”.8

Impact

What impact may menopause symptoms have?

On page one 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 Hamoda et al. also note:

“The menopause marks the end of the reproductive life cycle and can affect women in a variety of ways. Many women may experience symptoms related to the menopause that can have a detrimental impact on their quality of life and wellbeing and may also have a significant impact on their personal relationships and work. These can include hot flushes and night sweats, vaginal dryness, a change in mood and memory problems. Whilst not all women going through the menopause will experience menopausal symptoms, the majority will experience such symptoms”.9

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”.10

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  1. Menopause In the Workplace. European Menopause and Andropause Society https://www.emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/ Accessed: 17 November 2022
  2. Menopause In the Workplace. European Menopause and Andropause Society https://www.emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/ Accessed: 17 November 2022
  3. 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: 17 November 2022
  4. Margaret Rees, 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: 17 November 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: 17 November 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: 17 November 2022
  7. Symptoms of Menopause: Physical and Emotional Symptoms. Last Updated: 12 September 2022. Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms#physical-and-emotional-symptoms Accessed: 17 November 2022
  8. Hamoda, H, Mukherjee, A, Morris, E, Baldeweg, S. E., Jayasena, C. N., Briggs, P, Moger, S. 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: 17 November 2022
  9. Hamoda, H, Mukherjee, A, Morris, E, Baldeweg, S. E., Jayasena, C. N., Briggs, P, Moger, S. 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 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20533691221104882 Accessed: 17 November 2022
  10. Menopause Symptoms and Relief: When Should I See My Doctor About My Menopause Symptoms. Page Last Updated: 22 February 2021. 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: 17 November 2022
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