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

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

  • Menopause and the Workplace
  • Menopause in the Workplace

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

Menopause in the Workplace

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

In Menopause in the Workplace the EMAS include:

Global Consensus Recommendations
Menopause in the WorkplaceMenopause and the Workplace

What 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 EMAS 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

EMAS Menopause and Work Charter

Who can sign the EMAS’s Menopause and Work Charter?

In Sign the Menopause and Work Charter Today! the EMAS elaborate on:

“The Menopause and Work Charter can be signed by companies, associations, foundations, institutions from the public sector or other bodies – but not by private individuals.

A prerequisite for signing is your organization’s commitment to the 5 steps listed below. This commitment is confirmed by signing the Menopause And Work Charter. Since signing the Charter is a voluntary commitment, there is no verification of compliance by the EMAS office. A self-assessment tool is available to help you assess your current position on the journey towards offering a menopause-friendly work environment”.4

In Sign the Menopause and Work Charter Today! the EMAS also note:

“If your organisation would like to sign the Menopause and Work Charter, please contact the EMAS Office at info@emas-online.org”.5

Menopause and the Workplace Inquiry

Is there a current Menopause and the Workplace inquiry in the United Kingdom (UK)?

Yes. In An Invisible Cohort: Why Are Workplaces Failing Women Going Through Menopause? the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee elaborate on:

“Almost a million women in the UK have left jobs as a result of menopausal symptoms. With menopause mainly affecting those in their late 40s and early 50s, this leads to women eligible for senior management roles leaving work at the peak of their career, with knock-on effects on workplace productivity, the gender pay-gap and the gender pension gap. Today, the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee launches a new inquiry, scrutinising existing legislation and workplace practices, and asking if enough is being done to address the issue”.6

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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)”.7

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”.8

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”.9

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”.10

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”.11

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”.12

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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: 03 September 2021
  2. Menopause In the Workplace. European Menopause and Andropause Society https://www.emas-online.org/emas-and-menopause-in-the-workplace-2021/ Accessed: 03 September 2021
  3. Margaret Rees, Maturitas, https://www.emas-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Global-consensus-recommendations-on-menopause-in-the-workplace.pdf Accessed: 03 September 2021
  4. Sign the Menopause and Work Charter Today! European Menopause and Andropause Society https://www.emas-online.org/menopause-and-work-charter/ Accessed: 03 September 2021
  5. Sign the Menopause and Work Charter Today! European Menopause and Andropause Society https://www.emas-online.org/menopause-and-work-charter/ Accessed: 03 September 2021
  6. An Invisible Cohort: Why Are Workplaces Failing Women Going Through Menopause? 23 July 2021. House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/women-and-equalities-committee/news/156760/an-invisible-cohort-why-are-workplaces-failing-women-going-through-menopause/ Accessed: 03 September 2021
  7. 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: 03 September 2021
  8. What Is Menopause? Content Updated February 2016. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 03 September 2021
  9. 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: 03 September 2021
  10. What Is Menopause? Content Updated February 2016. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 03 September 2021
  11. 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: 03 September 2021
  12. Menopause Symptoms and Relief: When Should I See My Doctor About My Menopause Symptoms. 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: 03 September 2021

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