Are women suffering from menopausal symptoms being forced out of jobs?

March 3rd 2015 / Elizabeth Bennett Google+ Elizabeth Bennett / 1 comment

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A campaigner for older workers has told The Times of her fears that women struggling with symptoms of the menopause are perceived to be under-performing and at threat of loosing their jobs

Dr Ros Altmann, an adviser to the government and an expert on pensions, has explained how the menopause may be affected womens chance in the workpace.

Altmann highlights how women fear raising the issue of the menapause with both bosses and collegaues as it is still viewed as a taboo subject which they worry won't be met with respect. Altmann explains: “Pregnancy is, childbirth is, bereavement is, many other life phases are, but [menopausal women] get no support in the workplace.”

Starting at the average age of 52 but affecting women as young as 40, menopausal symptoms can include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia and mood shifts.

In December, Gedis Grudzinskas, a leading fertility expert called for women workers to be given paid ‘menstrual leave’ (in addition to holiday and sick days) when suffering with menopausal symptoms. With menstrual leave already legal in Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia and with Canada in discussions to change their laws will the UK follow suit?

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  • Mary Sears
  • July 27th 2016

Thanks for sharing this amazing and informative article. Women's who have to work about 9 hours a day suffer with various problems during their menstrual cycles. As it becomes difficult to sit and work due to the tampons inserted. And therefore are unable to work properly in those days. But, nowadays working women's mostly prefer using menstrual cups which are easily available at http://www.cupissima.com in different sizes and are reusable. These menstrual cups help women's to stay protected for around 12 hours and helps to stay away from leakages and unpleasant odours.

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