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Menopause, sometimes referred to as ‘the change’, is when a woman’s ovaries no longer function or produce hormones. The menopause has different stages – typically, these are:

Perimenopause – this is the onset of earliest menopausal symptoms until twelve months after the last menstrual period.

Menopause – is a retrospective diagnosis – a look back in time. It is described as the permanent stoppage of menstruation (periods) for twelve months.

According to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM), nearly 8 out of 10 of menopausal women are in work. That’s potentially 3.5 million women experiencing key menopause symptoms in the course of their daily duties. Transgender, non-binary and intersex colleagues may also experience menopausal symptoms and require equal support.

Useful resources

Support for NHS Colleagues and managers

Guidance on menopause at work

The menopause at work guidance includes principles that will help:

  • Organisations support the workforce
  • Line managers support their staff
  • Employees look after themselves


Menopause in the workplace

Information on how menopause can affect people at work, and practical guidance for employers on how to improve workplace environments for them.

Support for NHS and non-NHS colleagues and members of the public

Menopause (NHS website)

Overview – typical age to experience menopause, etc.
Symptoms – hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, low mood or anxiety, etc.
Treatment – when to see a GP, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), etc.

Male Menopause: Understanding the male menopause and mental health

Website: Understanding the male menopause and mental health (

Balance app

Brought to you by renowned menopause specialist, Dr Louise Newson and the thousands of people who’ve shared their perimenopause and menopause insights, the free balance app allows you to track your symptoms, access personalised expert content, download a Health Report©, share stories in the community and lots more.

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