Dorset Chamber is committed to raising awareness within the business community.


Dorset Chamber is committed to raising awareness within the business community


Dorset Chamber is committed to raising awareness within the business community

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World Menopause Day is held each year on 18 October to raise awareness, break the stigma and highlight the support available for improving health and wellbeing for those experiencing menopause.

Menopause is not just a gender or age issue, it is an organisational issue which can impact colleagues both directly or indirectly. Awareness around this topic is key to reducing the stigma attached to menopause and encouraging people to talk more openly about it.

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Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) showed that:

  • Women aged 50 and over are the fastest growing group in the workforce; the average age for menopause transition is 51.
  • Three out of five working women aged between 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work.
  • More than half of this group said they experienced more stress.
  • Nearly a third of women have taken sick leave due to their symptoms, but only a quarter told managers the real reason why.

World Menopause Day 2023

The theme for World Menopause Day 2023 is cardiovascular disease. The link between reproductive factors and cardiovascular disease is another important aspect of menopause that women need to be aware of.

Researchers have recently discovered that a woman’s reproductive experiences (including menstruation, pregnancy, any breast cancer treatments and menopause) can affect the chances of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. Awareness of this can help determine an individual’s risk. 

The International Menopause Society has a range of resources available to support this year’s theme, available in different languages.

There is a wide range of resources available, which are listed below:

  • Our menopause and the workplace page features information and practical guidance for NHS organisations on improving workplace environments, examples of good practice, case studies and more.
  • The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group’s (HSWG) menopause at work guidance was developed in partnership with trade unions and management side to help organisations and managers to support their workforce.
  • This recent podcast from Acas, Inclusive workplaces: supporting women through menopause, features Helen Tomlinson, Government Menopause Champion and Kate Nowicki, Acas Director of Dispute Resolution, who discuss practical ways to make your workplace more supportive for women going through menopause.
  • Acas also offers advice and support in its Managing the menopause guidance.
  • Watch the CIPD’s let’s talk menopause webinar to see how you can best support colleagues managing menopausal symptoms.
  • Pausitivity’s support pack contains conversation at work guidance, symptom sorted and further signposting.
  • The Society of Occupational Medicine guidance on menopause and the workplace tackles the occupational aspects of menopausal symptoms.
  • This useful blog exploring What is the Non-Binary Experience of Menopause? comes from the Queer / LGBTQIA+ Menopause project.

Menopause & The Workplace

Facilitating an environment that enables everyone to reach their true potential and supports them appropriately when issues arise is important in aiding retention. 

Find out more about how employers can support their workforce in this article from Emma Starmer, Senior Employment Law & HR Advisor, Lester Aldridge

Menopause Resources

One person in four with menopause symptoms is concerned about their ability to cope with life. Dorset Chamber is committed to raising awareness within the business community.

Research from the independent Nuffield Health group discovered the following sobering facts.

  • Approximately 13 million women in the U.K are either peri- or post menopausal
  • Symptoms can last up to 15 years
  • Over 60% of women experience symptoms resulting in behaviour changes
  • 1 in 4 women will experience severe debilitating symptoms
  • Almost half of menopausal women say they feel depressed
  • A third of women say they suffer with anxiety
  • Women commonly complain of feeling as though they are going mad
  • Approximately two thirds of women say there is a general lack of support and understanding

World Menopause Day Resources

Research from CIPD shows:

  • Three out of five working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work
  • Nearly two-thirds of women surveyed said they were less able to concentrate
  • more than half said they experience more stress
  • 30 per cent of women said they had taken sick leave because of their symptoms
  • only a small minority of women said they told their managers about the real reason for taking sick leave

Help and Information

For information, support and resources browse the links below:

International Menopause Society

The IMS brings together the world’s leading experts to collaborate and share knowledge about all aspects.

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Menopause Matters

An award winning, independent website providing information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options.

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Henpicked is a place for women to share their wisdom and offering guidance, support and tips on a wide range of topics including menopause.

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NHS Employers

Resources and research collated by NHS Employer on menopause in the workplace.

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Rock My Menopause

A campaign to stamp out the taboo around menopause, making people menopause aware.

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CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development)

Championing better work & working lives.

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An overview on menopause the symptom’s and treatment.

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Menospause Support

A not for profit community interest company and the home of the national.

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