Recommendations for healthcare and allied healthcare professionals
All healthcare professionals should be aware that there is a diversity of experience of menopause in the workplace and, for some women, symptoms may have a negative impact on the ability to work. Thus, those dealing in women’s health should have obtained requisite training in menopause. While menopausal symptoms usually last for less than five years, some women experience them for longer. These recommendations are for healthcare and allied healthcare professionals (HCPs):
- HCPs should recognize that menopausal symptoms can adversely affect wellbeing, the quality of working life, the ability to work and the desire to continue to work, leading to reduction of working hours, underemployment or unemployment and an impact on financial security in later life.
- HCPs should provide evidence-based advice on medical and lifestyle management of menopausal symptoms using national and international guidelines.
- Occupational health professionals should provide advice on how to manage menopause and work, and should encourage women with troublesome symptoms to consult their usual health provider to explore individual treatment options.
- Women with a premature menopause should be encouraged to seek specialist services so that specific needs, such as those relating to fertility and osteoporosis, and treatment options can be addressed.
- Women living with and beyond cancer experiencing menopausal symptoms should be proactively encouraged to seek specialist advice, if available, as their treatment options will depend on tumour type