World Menopause Day is a worldwide awareness call for women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause.
We are currently investing in a research project that has the potential to help the millions of working women going through the menopause in the UK.
Professor Myra Hunter and her team at King’s College London are directly tackling the issues that can affect menopausal women at work. Her study aims to give women the tools to manage better their menopausal symptoms at work by using cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT). She is also developing ways to help employers and managers to increase their awareness and understanding about the menopause so that they are able to better support women at work in a helpful way and make appropriate adjustments in the workplace if required.
Professor Hunter said, ‘We have been overwhelmed by the interest in this project from women and from organisations.We initially aimed to include two companies and we now have seven in the study! This groundbreaking research has the potential to make a real difference to women’s lives.”
- Peri-menopause usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier
- The average age menopause occurs in women is 50-51
- Common symptoms include hot flushes and night sweats that can affect the quality of life for up to 25% of women – these symptoms are particularly hard to deal with at work as they can cause discomfort, tiredness and embarrassment
- Women can also experience an interrupted sleep pattern, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, weight gain, headaches, hair loss, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, loss of libido and vaginal dryness
- The menopause is a natural process that all women will go through
- The entire process can last anywhere between 2-10 years