The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Menopause

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.

Menopause Focus Groups

It’s time we all got comfortable talking about the menopause. 75% of LTHT staff are women and over half of the women here are at risk of transitioning or already living with the menopause. We recognise the difficulties that this can bring for an individual and want to work to improve supportive measures. We will be holding two focus groups throughout the summer to engage with staff on how we can do this. The invite is open to all staff including our trans community, men and line managers looking for support.

For more information please contact the Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, Claire McGarry clairemcgarry@nhs.net

Menopause Focus Group One - Tuesday 20th July 1.00pm-2.00pm Click here to join the meeting

Menopause Focus Group Two - Wednesday 8th September 9.30am-10.30am Click here to join the meeting

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 sign up to Unmind, then search on Series / Health / Understanding Menopause.

Resources

CIPD

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:

 

Posters:

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

 

References:

For further information please use the links below:

NHS Employers

CIPD