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This is an annual campaign to raise awareness around the menopause, World Menopause Month is an chance for men, women, healthcare professionals and media to work together to raise awareness around the realities of female health, while combating stigma and misinformation.
It’s a natural stage of life when a woman’s estrogen levels decline and she stops having periods. As menopausal symptoms are typically experienced for several years, it is best described as a ‘transition’ rather than a one-off event.
The menopause typically happens between age 45 and 55. ‘Perimenopause’ is the phase leading up to the menopause, when a woman’s hormone balance starts to change.
For some women this can start as early as their twenties or as late as their late forties.
51 is the average age for a woman to go through the menopause in the UK, but around 1 in 100 experience it before the age of 40. This is referred to as ‘premature menopause’.
There is no clear cause for the early onset of menopause, but it can also be a result of surgery (for example hysterectomy, oophorectomy), illness or treatment (such as chemotherapy).
The menopause can cause a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms that can last for many years.
Symptoms can fluctuate and be felt to varying degrees, every woman is different.
Experiencing any of the typical symptoms can pose a challenge for women as they go about their daily lives, including at work.
Currently, many workers do not disclose their menopausal symptoms at work. In addition, many who take time off work because of the menopause do not tell their employer the real reasons for their absence.
For example, this can be because the worker feels:
Other worries include that: