A study has explored how menopausal symptoms impact the work of women working in hospital environments.
Out of over 400 participants, three-quarters reported experiencing ongoing symptoms such as fatigue, sleep problems, concentration issues, and memory problems.
These symptoms affected their work performance and career decisions. Surprisingly, symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats had less impact on work than expected.
Women over 50 are a growing workforce segment, with employment rates ranging from 55 to 67 percent across different countries.
The study suggests workplace support should address both psychological and physical menopausal symptoms.
While awareness of menopause support has increased among employers, many managers are still unaware of these symptoms and how to help affected employees.
Participants identified manager awareness and flexible work schedules as the most important support factors, even more than temperature control. The study emphasizes the need for workplace policies that prioritize these aspects.
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Impact of menopausal symptoms on work and careers: a cross-sectional study. M T O'Neill, et al, Ireland, Occupational Medicine, published online August 2023, doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqad078