The menopause is when a person who menstruates stops having periods. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. Sometimes they can stop suddenly.
The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age and in the UK, the average age for the menopause is 51. However, around 1 in 100 experience the menopause before 40 years of age. This is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.
The University is committed to supporting staff who are experiencing symptoms of the menopause, or those who are affected by colleagues or loved-ones going through this transitional period. Menopause Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to highlight the information and support available to staff.
Menopause Talk and Support Sessions
The Human Resources Group host regular Menopause Talk and Support sessions for staff.
It is recognised that peer support is an important way of supporting people through the menopause and at our recent Menopause Talk & Support sessions, staff have shared that this was particularly beneficial to them. These sessions aim to provide a forum to talk about the menopause and share experiences.
Everyone is welcome, whether you’re experiencing symptoms yourself and want to meet others in a similar situation or if you would like to understand more about the menopause to support others.
For more information about the Talk and Support Sessions, please email Staff Wellbeing.
Menopause Teams Support Group
The University has a Microsoft Teams Menopause Support Group, open to all staff members. This is a safe space for sharing experiences, resources and support. Please email Staff Wellbeing if you would like to be added to the group.
Line Manager Support
Following on from Line Manager training in October 2021, the following documents are available to support Line Managers and staff. These were provided by Henpicked : Menopause in the Workplace, and are a great source of guidance:
Further Information and Support
- Henpicked are menopause in the workplace experts and have information and support on their webpages for colleagues and managers
- The NHS have a Menopause Webpage, including information on symptoms and treatment options
- The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians have produced Guidance on Menopause in the Workplace
- Women’s Health Concern have produced a Menopause Factsheet
- BUPA’s Menopause Webpage includes information on symptoms, treatment and how to look after your self during the Menopause
- Menopause Support have published a Guide to Understanding Menopause for Partners
- The Balance App from renowned Menopause expert Louise Newson allows you to track your symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more.
- Menopause Matters was founded by Dr Heather Currie, Specialist Gynaecologist. The site provides contributions from a group of UK based clinicians who are all experts in Menopause management. There is also a forum where you can chat with other people going through the menopause.
- Menopause Whilst Black podcast with Karen Arthur - Opening a well overdue conversation about diversity in Menopause. Placing the menopausal experience of Black UK based women front and centre by sharing their stories. Giving a hug, a hand or a high five to those supporting, dreading, suffering or thriving through menopause. Because, believe it or not, there's a lot to celebrate too!