Menopause is a normal phase of life, but it can bring about physical and emotional changes. Women often avoid talking about the topic at work because they’re afraid it will jeopardise their job, and therefore suffer in silence. CIPD research found that three in five women going through the menopause feel they can’t discuss it in the workplace.
Everyone can better understand what happens during the menopause and tackle the stigma surrounding it. World Menopause Day, on the 18th October, is a great reason to bring the subject to the forefront and support our colleagues, friends and family.
To help, we’ve listed resources available so individuals and businesses can gain a better understanding of this significant life transition, and how to support and signpost those who are struggling.
Menopause Clinics: As well as guidance from GPs and the NHS, many hospitals and healthcare facilities have specialised menopause clinics staffed with experts who can offer comprehensive care and advice tailored to a woman’s individual needs.
Counselling and Therapy: Therapists and counsellors can provide support for managing mood swings, anxiety, and depression that may accompany the menopause. And remember, our Helpline is there for you should you need confidential support at any time, for the menopause and symptoms associated with it.
Menopause Support Groups: Sharing experiences with others going through similar changes can provide a sense of community and reassurance. The Menopause Matters site, which is signposted from the NHS, includes a chat forum.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Maintaining a balanced diet, regular exercise routine, and managing stress through relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation, can significantly alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Ways to learn more
Online Resources: Menopause websites, forums, and social media groups can connect you with people sharing their experiences and insights. For employers, this handy guide to managing the menopause at work goes alongside information on what organisations can do in the workplace to help those going through this phase.
Books and Publications: Reading about others’ experiences and strategies for coping can be enlightening. For example, Instantprint’s PR and Communications Lead, and Rising Star 2023 winner, Ally Boldan has written a fantastic article about menopause in the workplace.
Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to menopause, and there are various options for people to explore until they find what works best for them. Whether through the GP, support groups, or our Helpline, help is available, and no-one has to navigate this journey alone.