“Women value the provision of information about the menopause and strategies for coping with symptoms at work. This can come from…”. 1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause and the Workplace Umbrella include?

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

  • For Workplaces
  • Menopause Workplace

Date

What can it be important to be clear about with menopause and the workplace information?

I think it can be important to be clear about the date of all information including the date of menopause and the workplace information because this information may have been updated.

Menopause and the Workplace

Menopause Workplace Information

What menopause workplace information may be helpful to women?

On page 80 in EMAS Recommendations for Conditions In the Workplace for Menopausal Women [European Menopause and Andropause Society] published in 2016, Griffiths, A, Ceausu, I, Depypere, H, Lambrinoudaki, I, Mueck A, Perez-Lopez, P, Schouw, Y, Senturk, L, Senturk, L, Simoncini, T, Stevenson, J, Stute, P and Rees M, conclude:

“3.Conclusion
Women value the provision of information about the menopause and strategies for coping with symptoms at work [Menopause and Work: An Electronic Survey of Employees’ Attitudes In the UK]. This can come from both formal (provided by employers and occupational health departments) or informal networks of working women who have experienced the menopause. Greater awareness among employers, together with sensitive and flexible management can be helpful for women at this time”.2

Menopause Workplace Strategies

What menopause workplace strategies may be helpful to women?

On page 80 in EMAS Recommendations for Conditions In the Workplace for Menopausal Women [European Menopause and Andropause Society] published in 2016, Griffiths, A, et al. elaborate on:

“2. Recommendations:

2.1 Raise awareness
2.2 Allow disclosure of troublesome symptoms
2.3 Review control over workplace temperature and ventilation
2.4 Reduce work-related stress
2.5 Allow flexible working arrangements
2.6 Provide access to cold drinking water
2.7 Ensure access to toilets”.3

Menopause Workplace Guidance

What menopause workplace guidance may be helpful to women?

On page two in Guidance on the Menopause and the Workplace: Guidance for Managers/Employers published in 2016, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (FOM), elaborate on:

“Regular, informal conversations between manager and employee may enable discussion of changes in health, including issues relating to the menopause. It may be valuable simply to acknowledge this is a normal stage of life and that adjustments can easily be made. Such conversations can identify support at work that can help women remain fully productive and encourage them to discuss any relevant health concerns with their GP”.4

Who is a GP?

Depending on the Source (DotS) and/or Depending on the Country, a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

Menopause Workplace Guide

Is a menopause society, ‘how-to’ guide for employers, available?

Menopause and the WorkplaceYour Country may have Links similar to Menopause and the Workplace Guidance: What To Consider, published in February 2019, by Dr Claire Hardy in collaboration with the medical advisory council of the British Menopause Society (BMS):

“This factsheet provides a ‘how-to’ guide for employers and relevant staff within organisations that are considering writing their own guidance on the menopause”.5

Links

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Menopause Definition

What is menopause?

DotS the definition of menopause may vary. Menopause and the WorkplaceIn 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)”.6

Menopause Age

What is the average age of menopause?

Menopause and the WorkplaceIn 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”.7

Menopause Symptoms

What are some menopause symptoms?

Menopause and the WorkplaceIn 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”.8

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”.9

Work Impact

What impact may menopause have on women’s working lives?Menopause and the Workplace

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”.10

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, Menopause and the Workplace 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”.11

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  1. Griffiths, A, Ceausu, I, Depypere, H, Lambrinoudaki, I, Mueck A, Perez-Lopez, P, Schouw, Y, Senturk, L, Senturk, L, Simoncini, T, Stevenson, J, Stute, P and Rees M. EMAS Recommendations for Conditions In the Workplace for Menopausal Women. Maturitas 2016 Mar 1:85:80 http://www.web20.lx16.ihr-host.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/workplace.pdf Accessed: 02 November 2019
  2. Griffiths, A, EMAS Recommendations for Conditions In the Workplace for Menopausal Women. Maturitas 2016 Mar 1:85:80 http://www.web20.lx16.ihr-host.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/workplace.pdf Accessed: 02 November 2019
  3. Griffiths, A, et al. EMAS Recommendations for Conditions In the Workplace for Menopausal Women. Maturitas 2016 Mar 1:85:80 http://www.web20.lx16.ihr-host.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/workplace.pdf Accessed: 02 November 2019
  4. Guidance on the Menopause and the Workplace: Guidance for Managers/Employers. 2017: 2. Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (FOM) http://www.fom.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/Guidance-on-menopause-and-the-workplace-v6.pdf Accessed: 02 November 2019
  5. Hardy, C, In Collaboration With the Medical Advisory Council of the British Menopause Society. Menopause and the Workplace Guidance: What To Consider. February 2019 https://thebms.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/07-BMS-TfC-Menopause-and-the-workplace-02C.pdf Accessed: 02 November 2019
  6. Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What Is Menopause? North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-an-introduction-to-menopause Accessed: 02 November 2019
  7. What Is Menopause? Content Updated February 2016. Australasian Menopau01 October 2019se Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 02 November 2019
  8. 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: 02 November 2019
  9. What Is Menopause? Content Updated February 2016. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 02 November 2019
  10. 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: 02 November 2019
  11. 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: 02 November 2019
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