What is the menopause?
The menopause is a natural part of ageing when menstruation stops, that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.
Workplace support and guidance
See the University Guidance which will help give staff and managers a better understanding of menopause within the workplace – attached under the ‘Downloads’ link at the bottom of this webpage.
A University core working group aims to support and deliver work around menopause, and establish an environment for discussions around managing menopausal symptoms here. If you’d like to get involved, and receive support and training to co-facilitate a café, contact Bee Macpherson or Bernadette Hardware
Join the monthly ‘Menopause for thought’ cafés which create time and a safe, respectful and confidential space to discuss the menopause. The cafés are open to everyone irrespective of age or gender and no one is advised to follow any particular course of action in them.
Cafes are hosted monthly on Teams and can be booked via Eventbrite for 2020/21 for:
–Friday 20th November – 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
–Tuesday 15th December – 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
–Wednesday 20th January – 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
–Thursday 25th February – 4.00 – 5.00 pm
–Tuesday 23rd March – 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
–Wednesday 21st April – 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
–Thursday 27th May – 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
–Monday 14th June – 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
–Tuesday 20th July – 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Around 30-60% of women experience intermittent physical and/or psychological symptoms during the menopause which can adversely affect both their personal and working life. The research refers to women and menopause as a women’s issue however we recognise that other people may experience menopausal symptoms. This is an issue everyone should understand irrespective of age or gender and we want to change our culture so that the menopause can be discussed and support requested, without embarrassment.
Where to get personal support
Those who find their menopausal symptoms are affecting their wellbeing and their capacity to carry out their work are encouraged to seek support. This may include:
Seeing your GP for advice on available treatment options.
Discussing your practical needs with your line manager, HR or another manager you feel comfortable talking to.
Seeking advice from the Occupational Health service. Employees can make a self-referral to occupational health but the University will not be able to implement any recommendations including work place adjustments unless the individual gives consent for a management referral which will usually be initiated through HR. Occupational Health will advise on this as necessary.
Seeking confidential support from Staff Counselling and Support Services. Staff are able to contact the service through a self-referral.
External sources of information
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. These explain how your GP will determine what types of treatments and interventions they can offer you.
The National Health Service provides an overview of menopause.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists offer further information in a dedicated area of their website.
Henpicked provides information on managing menopause, and an insight into women's stories.