A diverse and inclusive workforce – this should be every employer’s aim.
But one conversation people tend to shy away from? Reproductive health problems. Considering 47% of the UK workforce is female*, women’s health problems such as period pains, contraception and bacterial vaginosis are still viewed as taboo subjects.
And then there’s menopause. Despite being a natural phase in every woman’s life, there’s far too much stigma surrounding it. This means women feel too embarrassed to talk about it, especially at work. Let’s change that.
Experiencing the menopause can be difficult enough, yet alone if you’re suffering in silence. By openly talking about menopause, you’ll soon realise you’re not alone in feeling out of place.
After all, it’s extremely common for women to:
By helping to normalise menopause, not only can you continue to thrive in the workplace, you can help others too. Because menopause shouldn’t just be a gender or age issue. You may have colleagues who are being affected by the menopause indirectly, such as spouses, significant others or close family members that are going through the menopause.
As daunting as it may appear to approach your employer about menopause, our advice is to schedule a 1:1 meeting with your manager or HR manager.
Let them know how you’re feeling, and take information along with you that’ll help them understand more about the menopause. It’s also worth noting down your symptoms, how it’s effecting your work and any outcomes you’re hoping for from the meeting.
Small changes can make a big difference, so it’s worth suggesting creating a Menopause Policy, which supports:
If you’re suffering from a women’s health problem and require extra support, Doctor Care Anywhere can help provide the healthcare that you need. Simply activate your account.
Then, with QuickConsult you can select the health condition that’s most relevant to you, complete a short questionnaire, and hit submit. One of our medical professionals will then review your request and provide you with the right prescription or advice. Alternatively, our GPs are available 24/7.
Last reviewed September 2022.