Understanding Menopause in the Workplace
In this article we explore the importance of understanding menopause in the workplace for everyone in the company. Menopause is experienced by every woman in their lifetime. It is an important yet challenging phase in a woman’s life.
Menopause should not be a taboo, and everyone should feel comfortable talking about it with their employers, especially when they need guidance and advice.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is often referred to as “change of life” and is a natural phase in women’s life that marks the end of Menstrual Cycles. It’s diagnosed after a woman has gone 12 months without having menstrual cycles.
For many women, menopause is not just a personal journey; it’s a part of their daily life, including the workplace.
Menopause typically occurs between mid-40’s or early 50’s. This transition brings a wide range of physical, emotional and psychological changes, making a challenging experience for women.
What women feel-
1. Physical Symptoms: women feel symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, tiredness, joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, etc.
2. Emotional Challenges: Hormonal changes due to menopause can lead to mood changes, anxiety & depression.
3. Cognitive Changes: Some women feel memory lapses and difficulties with multi-tasking which can affect job performances.