Menopause

The university is committed to supporting all staff who are directly or indirectly affected by the associated symptoms of the menopause.

This site provides useful information about the menopause for staff and managers including useful resources, guidance and events.  Our recent work includes:

The symptoms associated with the perimenopause (the time leading up to the menopause) and the menopause can have a significant impact on some individuals in their everyday lives, and subsequently this affects people’s working lives too. This site has been created to provide information, resources and guidance about the menopause and signposting to related events.

This site is intended to support all staff and also provides guidance for managers on how best to support their staff.

Whilst this site and its resources may often refer to ‘women’ experiencing the menopause, it is acknowledged that staff who are non-binary or trans will experience the menopause and its associated symptoms whilst not identifying as a woman or female. This website and its content are inclusive of all members of staff at the university regardless of their gender identity.

The work we are doing to support our colleagues and raise awareness is ongoing. We have partnered with Henpicked and we are working towards accreditation as a ‘Menopause Friendly Employer’. Henpicked also delivered training sessions for colleagues and line managers in December 2021 and following this we delivered our own training session in March 2022 with more to follow in the future. To date, our university colleague Maureen Montague has held several menopause café’s and to celebrate World Menopause Day 2021, Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East spoke about the work she is doing on the Menopause Revolution.

We know, for some, menopause can be an incredibly challenging time, with more than 3 out of 4 experiencing menopausal symptoms and 1 in 4 experiencing serious symptoms.  The perimenopause is the time leading up to the menopause when symptoms can start to appear and can often be in the early to mid 40’s. The menopause (when periods stop) typically happens between age 45 and 55 with the average age being 51, and as such 8 in 10 people of menopausal age are in work. Menopause can also happen earlier or later than this, due to surgery or for other reasons. Hormonal changes can affect us all at other stages in life, too, such as when undergoing fertility treatment, due to medication, or hormonal interventions including hormone replacement therapy that some trans and non-binary people will go through. These can all bring about similar symptoms to the menopause.

There are 34 recognised symptoms of the menopause.  Hot flushes are the most common symptom occurring in 3 out of every 4 people (Unison, 2019).  Other common symptoms include, night sweats, sleeplessness, low mood, anxiety, lack of confidence and brain fog. Symptoms vary in duration, severity, and the impact they have on the person, which can lead to higher sickness rates at work (Unison, 2019). For those struggling with symptoms the impact at work can be so significant that some contemplate leaving their employment (Harris C, 2018). So many of our colleagues will be working with us through this transition or supporting someone who is.

It is essential that the right information, support, and treatment is available and not just for those experiencing menopause directly but also for those supporting a partner, family member, friend or colleague. We all need to know and talk more as ‘many women tend to feel that they need to cope alone’ because of ‘a reluctance to speak up at work’ (Brewis et al, 2017).

This is why we have menopause in the workplace support, including guidance for colleagues and line managers and this site which is full of resources, videos and events

Keep checking this site for future events as we continue to raise awareness and offer support for all of our colleagues at the university.

If you have any questions, please contact menopause@gre.ac.uk or join our Teams channel.

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