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.