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The Menopause

The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman's oestrogen levels decline. Studies have shown menopause symptoms can have a significant impact on attendance and performance in the workplace.

  • There are 3.5 million women over 50 in the workplace.
  • In the UK, the average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51.
  • Around one in a 100 women experience menopause before age 40.
  • Three out of four women experience symptoms, one in four could experience serious symptoms.

 World Menopause Day 18th October 2020

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness on the menopause and support options for improving health and wellbeing.

This World Menopause Day we want to support women who are feeling lost and going through Menopause. No two women’s experience is the same, and being aware and able to recognise that your symptoms might be down to fluctuating hormones is the first step to managing them.

Menopause happens once a woman has no menstrual periods for 12 months in a row. For many women this occurs between the age of 45 and 55 (with the average age in UK being 51).

For more information please visit:

Understanding Menopause Series on the Unmind App

In this Series, Professor Myra Hunter explains some of the key features of menopause and explore some of the factors that influence it. You'll learn about the different ways to manage menopausal symptoms and consider how to talk about it with confidence. Whatever your gender, it will arm you with relevant knowledge and help you play a role in combatting any negative stereotypes.

To view the series click here to sign up to Unmind, then search on Series / Health / Understanding Menopause.



The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) ‘Let's talk menopause’ resources provides managers with tools on how to effectively support women going through the menopause at work.

Resources include:



Let’s Talk Menopause - Facts

Let’s Talk Menopause - dos and don’ts

Basic dietary guidelines for menopause

Menopause Awareness

Faculty Of Occupational Medicine

Guidance on Menopause and Workplace

Health and Work Menopause Focus


Royal College of Nursing

Menopause and Mental Health


Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Treatment for symptoms of the menopause

Ovarian cysts before the menopause



For further information please use the links below:

NHS Employers