In order to support employees who are suffering with the perimenopause or menopause, it’s helpful to be aware of the many symptoms they may be experiencing.
Our A to Z should help you realise that the impact is so much wider than hot flushes and brain fog:
Aches. Anxiety. Allergies worsening. Bloating. Breast soreness. Body odour. Burning mouth. Cardiovascular disease triggered by oestrogen deficiency. Depression. Dizzy spells. Dry skin and eyes. Drink/drug addiction. Disturbed sleep.
Emotional mood changes. Electric shock sensations. Fatigue. Foggy brain. Gout. Hot flashes. Heart Palpitations
Itching. Irritability. Incontinence. Joint Pain. Low mood.
Memory Loss. Migraine. Mouth ulcers. Muscle weakening. Night sweats. Panic attacks.
Thyroid issues. Tinnitus.
UTI’s. Vertigo. Zzzzzz tiredness, physical and emotional, caused by coping with any or many of the above.
As an employer you can’t assume that this is only an issue for female employees over 50 years of age either. You may have staff experiencing early or premature menopause. This can be triggered by a medical procedure such as chemotherapy or occur naturally. These employees could be as young as their twenties. They will need extra support during this time as they have to handle the unexpected early onset of symptoms, what it means for their future and cope with the symptoms themselves. In order to continue working they need to find openness, empathy, understanding and support in the workplace.
Having a trained Menopause Champion in your organisation is the best way to ensure you understand exactly what people are experiencing and how it can affect their daily working life. We can help with this and advise on how to manage menopause in the workplace effectively, just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We also have a guide and poster on menopause in the workplace which is free to download here!