Menopause in the Workplace

The average age of menopause globally is 51 but women can be suffering with symptoms for up to 15 years before, this is known as Peri Menopause and can continue for a few years after during Post Menopause. 5% of women go through early menopause between the ages of 40 and 45. Around 1% experience premature menopause, before the age of 40 and others even younger due to cancer treatments or having a hysterectomy.

Symptoms are vast but include:-

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Lack of focus
  • Lack of concentration and memory
  • Hot flushes
  • Mood swings
  • Pain
  • Erratic periods
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
When women are experiencing these types of symptoms her work can really suffer and this is where women need extra support and understanding in the workplace.

Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the workforce and as more women go through the menopause during their working lives, it’s vital that employers encourage open discussions to ensure they get the right support.

Three out of five working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work. Anxiety, plummeting confidence, not being able to retain information, feeling extremely tired and emotional are common reasons women are struggling. This is according to new research from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

Nearly a third of women surveyed said they had taken sick leave because of their symptoms, but only a quarter of them felt able to tell their manager the real reason for their absence.

Privacy (45%) was the number one consideration for women choosing not to disclose. A third (34%) said embarrassment prevented them from saying why they had to take time off and another 32% said an unsupportive manager was the reason.

25% of menopausal women have considered leaving their job and 1 in 10 actually do.

This is why it is so important that employers are creating a robust support system so that women can remain in their chosen fields of work, feeling fully supported. It will not only benefit the employee but the employer too in regards to a happier more effective, productive workforce with less absenteeism and much less risk of court tribunals. Businesses will be able to retain valuable female staff members and also with an effective menopause policy in place will be able to attract new female employees.

Do you have a menopause Policy in place?

Menopause symptoms are protected under employment law through the equalities act 2010. Employers are responsible for supporting their employees at work and this includes the menopause. Policies such as sickness or flexible working will cover the menopause, you don’t necessarily have to have a menopause policy in place, but this would hugely benefit the employer and employee as it would set out a much clearer form of support for women and plan of action for the employer. The CIPD, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, have a wealth of information to help employers understand the menopause and set up the right support.

Support your female employees today and sign up to one of my interactive sessions delivered either in person or online. Invest in a complete training day for all members of staff, or choose a bespoke package which includes:


  • Creating and running support groups
  • Creating a menopause policy
  • Current information and guidance on Hormone replacement Therapy
  • Training for supervisors and managers
  • Masterclasses delivered online or in person
  • Access to a library of up to date resources covering all aspects of Peri to Post Menopause health
  • Extensive support in nutrition, CBT therapy, stress management and exercise protocols
  • 1-1 and group coaching and training sessions

Menopause in the Workplace with Sarah

‘Empowering Women in the Workplace’

The following sessions are suitable for all women, the information shared can benefit every woman and their hormonal health no matter what her age.

Younger women will find the information extremely helpful in preparing them for Peri Menopause. If younger women are given the facts early, they then have the power to implement lifestyle changes so that their menopause journey will be a much easier one. The information provided helps women of all ages manage their menstrual health better and can help with conditions like PCOS, Endometriosis and PMT


Training Days for all Business Owners and Staff Members

Education and training for business owners, managers and supervisors on how they can support their female employees and colleagues within the workplace. Recognising symptoms, building an all inclusive open and supportive culture within the workplace which allows women to feel valued, supported and listened to.

  • 10am -12pm Training for managers and supervisors
  • 1pm to 2pm Education for male colleagues – learn how to support  female colleagues and also partners at home, Sisters and Mums
  • 2.30pm to 5pm Training for all female staff members on all aspects of peri to post menopause health and what they can do to help prevent and eliminate symptoms. Looking at nutrition, mindset, stress management, exercise, sleep and Hormone Replacement Therapy. Building a healthier lifestyle so they can remain effective and productive in the workplace as well as all other areas of their lives


One Hour Session delivered by Sarah online

  • An insight into the Menopause, the different stages, what is going on inside the female body and how women can help relieve their symptoms


6  Week Programme delivered online by Sarah 

  • One hour each week
  • An insight into the Menopause, the different stages, what is going on inside the female body and how women can help relieve their symptoms
  • Covers all the main topics,  Nutrition, Stress Management, Exercise and Sleep. Looking at natural solutions and the options regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions towards the end of each session and Sarah is available privately for calls if needed.

Please contact Sarah for prices on the above.