Every year on 18th October, World Menopause Day is held by the International Menopause Society in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. Its purpose is to raise awareness of women’s health during menopause.

The average age for menopause is 51 years in the UK, but peri-menopausal symptoms often start in the mid 40’s with 80% of women experiencing some symptoms.

Menopause is different for every woman and symptoms vary.  They can be physical, such as hot flushes or headaches, or psychological, such as anxiety, loss of confidence or problems with memory recall.  Some women don’t experience any symptoms, but for those that do, they can be incredibly debilitating affecting overall health and well-being, relationships and performance at work.   

Understanding this transition period and receiving support from Health professionals, GPs, family and friends can make all the difference.   If you or a family member are affected by menopause, you might find the links below useful. 

ACAS recommend on their website that

“ As a worker, if you are having difficulties at work because of symptoms, you could:

  • speak to someone at work, possibly your line manager, about your concerns
  • ask what support could be offered to help you manage your symptoms when doing your job

Also, the worker could join a menopause support network at work, if there is one, for moral support and advice. Further, they may want the support of a trade union representative.”

The BMS has launched a series of videos covering different aspects of the menopause.