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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. For more information about the Talk and Support Sessions, please see the , and email if you would like to join us.

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
  • 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.  


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