Recommendations for women/employees experiencing menopausal symptoms
The menopause is a natural stage of life but may be caused by treatments such as surgery (oophorectomy), radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It should not be a taboo subject and those experiencing menopausal symptoms require the same support and understanding from their employer as anyone experiencing any ongoing health condition. Women should therefore, if they wish:
- Talk to their line managers, supervisors or designated persons if they experience menopause-related problems that impact on their ability to work.
- Seek help and advice from employee support or advocacy bodies (such as trade unions or professional associations) if they feel their workplace needs are not being acknowledged or supported.
- Use occupational health services or other healthcare/counselling services, depending on availability.
- Be aware of state-wide or national equality and occupational health and safety legislation and regulation that protects menopausal women at work.
- Consult their usual healthcare provider about symptoms to discuss treatment options and self-help strategies.
- Access evidence-based guidelines for information on menopause care.
- Be involved in the development of health and wellbeing policies to ensure coverage of menopause in the workplace.
- Take part in induction, training and development programs that include coverage of menopause.
- Be involved in formal and informal support groups for women with menopausal symptoms. Consider Developing as an advocate for others.