Government and employers should do more to support menopausal women at work, a UK report recommends

The findings indicate that compared to other reproductive stages, such as pregnancy and maternity, menopause is not well understood or catered for.

Many working women who are going through menopause find symptoms difficult to manage at work and feel as though their colleagues are unsympathetic.

Menopausal-friendly workplaces

Based on 104 global studies and compiled for the UK government by the Universities of Bristol and Leicester, the report called for more menopause-friendly workplaces.

This includes providing fans to counter hot flushes and flexible working patterns so women can cope better with menopause-related sleep loss.

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“Menopause transition has both negative and positive effects on working women, although there is more evidence for the former, including reduced productivity, higher rates of absenteeism and lower job satisfaction,” said Prof Jo Brewis from the University of Leicester

“…Many women find transition symptoms, especially hot flushes, difficult to manage and [they find] that being at work can exacerbate these symptoms.”

Symptoms of menopause

Menopause generally happens after 40 and is a normal transitional stage indicating the end of a woman’s reproductive period, when menstruation stops.

Symptoms may include hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, depression and premature hair loss.

Hair loss may be considered cosmetic, but we know that it is so much more. Losing one’s crowning glory can be devastating for a woman.

In 2005, leading global hair expert Dr Adolf Klenk discovered that a caffeine-based formula could help counter hair loss in women over 40. He subsequently developed the Alpecin and Plantur range of hair products for men and women.

Studies show that through daily use, the caffeine complex in Plantur 39 Caffeine Shampoo may help counter the negative impact of triggers contributing to hair loss* in women over 40,” said Dr Klenk, head of Germany-based Dr Wolff Research.

* not as a result of a medical condition or treatment

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