The Menopause

The Menopause

The University is committed to supporting staff who are going through the menopause; we recognise that for many staff the debilitating symptoms of the menopause will affect their comfort and performance at work.
Through creating an open and understanding workplace environment, we want to encourage support staff to talk honestly about how their menopause symptoms are affecting them and their work.

Every woman will experience the menopause differently. We aim to provide the practical support and workplace adjustments that reflect individual needs and personal circumstances, and support staff to continue to enjoy and benefit from their work.

What is the menopause?

The menopause is a normal, natural part of the life cycle, and occurs when a woman stops having periods and are no longer biologically able to have children. It’s a gradual process which happens over months or years, usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, which is also the age bracket during which women are most likely to move into senior or leadership positions. In the UK, the average age to reach the menopause is 51.

Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing workforce demographic, and most will go through the menopause transition during their working lives. For every ten women experiencing menopausal symptoms, six say it has a negative impact on their work, citing poor concentration, tiredness, poor memory, depression, low mood, reduced confidence, sleepiness, and particularly hot flushes as contributing factors. With the right support, there’s no need for women to press pause on their career during this natural transition.

This video shares facts and figures on the menopause that are helpful for those living with the menopause and line managers who are trying to be supportive.

Where can I go for support?

Consider talking to your GP if you have menopausal symptoms that are troubling you or if you're experiencing symptoms of the menopause before 45 years of age. Your GP can offer treatments and suggest lifestyle changes to help manage symptoms. It may help to talk with your line manager about your symptoms.

The Health at Work Plan - Menopause/Perimenopause is a useful starting point to consider the existing support in place and how this can be improved, such as additional ventilation, flexible working, or reduced manual tasks to help relieve muscular aches and joint pain. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your line manager please consider speaking to someone else who can offer support, such as a HR staff member or another manager in your department.

Staff can make a self-referral to Occupational Health to identify appropriate workplace changes or adjustments that can support a more comfortable physical and psychosocial work environment.

Confidential support for staff is available via the Care first counselling who provide a safe space to explore your personal transition through the menopause and consider the ways to deal with your symptoms that are distressing you and develop coping strategies.

Menopause within the workplace

Bangor University is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone that works here. The changing age of the UK’s workforce means that between 75% and 80% of menopausal people are in work. Research shows that most individuals affected are unwilling to discuss menopause-related health problems at work, and do not always receive the support or adjustments that they may need. Menopause should not be taboo or ‘hidden.’ We want everyone to understand what menopause and perimenopause are and to be able to talk about them openly, without embarrassment. This is not just an issue for women, it will affect trans men and some non-binary people, and all men will be affected by it indirectly. Please see the links below for information on how to access support and guidance around the menopause:

Occupational Health at Bangor

The role of Occupational Health is to:

  • Carry out a holistic assessment of individuals as to whether or not menopause may be contributing to symptoms/wellbeing; providing advice and guidance in line with up-to-date research.
  • Signpost to appropriate sources of help and advice
  • Provide support and advice to HR and Line Managers in determining and agreeing reasonable adjustments, if required.
  • Please contact Michele Lake, Occupational Health Nurse, for a confidential appointment –

Human Resources (HR)

HR will:

Wellbeing Champions

Wellbeing Champions can:

  • Provide informal peer support to colleagues
  • Provide signposting to external and internal sources of support

If your School or Directorate would like to host a peer support network around the Menopause, please contact Anna Quinn, Health & Wellbeing Project Manager, for support on how to do this.

Sources of guidance and advice

Henpicked is packed full of expert information, useful resources, top tips and insight into women’s stories. Learn the information you need to make the right decision for you.

Menopausematters here you will find information on what happens leading up to, during and after the menopause, what the consequences can be, what you can do to help and what treatments are available

My Menopause Doctor in this series of podcasts, Dr Louise Newson, her colleagues and expert guests, discuss a wide range of menopause-related topics to give listeners unbiased, evidence-based and holistic information and advice to help you or your loved one manage the symptoms and challenges of the menopause and perimenopause.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines explains how your GP will determine what types of treatments and interventions they can offer you.

NHS provides an overview of menopause, symptoms, and treatment options.

The Menopause Exchange gives independent advice about the menopause, midlife, and post-menopausal health.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists discusses the topics that women have voiced as important at this stage of life and directs to resources to support self-care and your conversations with healthcare professionals.

Women’s Health Concern (WHC) offers confidential, independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their gynaecological and sexual health, wellbeing, and lifestyle concerns.

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