There’s growing awareness of the huge impact menopause has on people’s lives. Most women, trans-men, and many non-binary people experience symptoms at some stage. It can affect their physical and mental health and wellbeing, their families and working life.
For many years, menopause has been a subject people don’t feel comfortable discussing, adding to the anxiety and feelings of isolation it can cause. Following some high-profile campaigns, it is now being spoken about more openly than ever.
Menopause is a natural part of life, so we want to make sure people affected by it get the support they need, as part of supporting their wellbeing at home and at work.
There are around 34 common symptoms.
These can have a significant impact on daily life. Some of the most common symptoms are outlined on the NHS menopause page.
The top six symptoms affecting work are:
The Menopause Charity website has a lot of information, including:
Women's Health Concern, the patient section of the British Menopause Society (BMS), has lots of fact sheets on menopause, symptoms and treatments.
Try this fact sheet, with techniques which may help you relieve anxiety and other common symptoms:
Balance, from Newson Health, aims to make menopause support inclusive and accessible to everyone.
See their large library of medical evidence-based perimenopause and menopause leaflets, podcasts, personal stories and videos, some translated into different languages.
They also offer a free Balance menopause app. It allows you to track your symptoms, access personalised expert content, a health assessment and connect with their community.
Studies have shown that menopause symptoms can have a significant impact on attendance and performance in the workplace.
Often a few simple changes to the working environment can make a world of difference – even just talking about the menopause openly can reduce the impact of some symptoms. Line managers play a vital role in supporting colleagues with menopausal symptoms
NHS England has a useful page, with guidance, a manager's checklist, and menopause wellbeing action plan:
NHS Employers has a useful page with some excellent information and support guides:
If you work in health or social care and you live or work in Berkshire, the Wellbeing Matters team is here for you. As well as frontline roles, our friendly team supports admin, managerial, facilities and temporary staff working for health and social care services, in any organisation. (See Who can access the support).
Whether you just need a chat, or you need a personal wellbeing support plan, we are here to help you.