This page is designed to signpost you to some helpful resources for you to look after your health during the menopause and perimenopause. If you come across other resources that your colleagues may find helpful, please contact the People Directorate.
Important: if there is anything particularly concerning you about your health, you should speak to your GP as soon as you can.
Remember that you can use the Employee Assistance Programme for confidential advice and a second medical opinion if necessary.
The average age of our colleagues is 42 – that means that a large number of us are experiencing or about to experience the peri-menopause.
Lesley from Wild Country Woman has very kindly made St Monica Trust colleagues and volunteers a special 20 minute video overview of the peri-menopause and lifestyle changes, which can help symptoms.
Menopause is a natural stage of life. The average age for women to reach the menopause in the UK is 51, but this can vary widely.
The menopause happens when your ovaries run out of eggs, or stop producing eggs. Your ovaries also make the hormone oestrogen. So when they stop working, there’s a drop in your blood level of this hormone. This change disrupts your periods and causes the symptoms of the menopause.
If you’re going through the menopause and are having troublesome symptoms, there’s a lot you can do to help yourself. And treatments are available which will help ease your symptoms; so if you’re concerned, speak to your pharmacist or GP.
When does the menopause happen?
You’re said to have reached the menopause if you haven’t had a period for at least a year.
For the first time, Menopause has been added to the school curriculum in England. In this BBC video three women who have been through the menopause describe their experiences, and talk about how poorly understood “the change” is.
Diet and Managing Menopausal Symptoms
MENOPAUSE VIDEO (5 mins)
Emma Young, Corporate Wellbeing and Registered Nutritional Therapist, has created this bespoke five minute video just for us at St Monica Trust about balancing our diet and giving time for our own well-being to alleviate mood swings and to better manage energy and stress levels during the menopause. See the link below.
For more information, Emma’s website is:
BDA Work Ready focuses on diet and shares some helpful information and a factsheet about the menopause in their website below:
Fitness and The Menopause
Fitness may help you to manage menopause symptoms. This one focuses on stretching.
The BUPA website includes a summary of guidance:
Menopause Awareness in The Workplace:
So how does this affect us in the workplace? How can we help others?
A number of our managers attended a Menopause Awareness workshop on Zoom run by Emma Young (from the above video) and Joanne Boyle from Foot Anstey. I personally found this hugely valuable and the main points I took from it were:
- One in four women needs significant support to maintain normal performance at work due to the severity of her menopausal symptoms.
- Severe symptoms may meet the definition of ‘disabled’ under Equality Act 2010
- There are at least 40 emotional and physical symptoms of the menopause.
- There are simple reasonable adjustments that we can make life easier for those experiencing menopausal symptoms including flexible working arrangements, coaching, temperature control, allowing more frequent rest breaks.
- Perhaps the most important message is to check-in with your team members regularly to create and maintain a strong relationship. This way, you should be able to better understand their symptoms and find ways to help them.
How much do you know? Have a go at this short quiz to test your menopause awareness.
Here are some books which you might like to take a look at to learn more about this subject.
In the People Directorate office, we also have copies of the following books, which you are very welcome to borrow:
Confessions of a Menopausal Woman and
Diet for the menopause (recipe ideas)