Many women don’t realise their symptoms are due to the menopause

And it can be a huge relief when they discover exactly what they are dealing with, Menopause Support founder Diane Danzebrink told a local radio audience.

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire’s breakfast programme, Diane told presenter Graham Liver that around a quarter of women will experience debilitating menopause symptoms that may affect their quality of life., But the good news was that there was more information available for sufferers than ever before, on websites such as this one.

Diane said she was working with groups of staff and managers inside companies to help them understand and deal with menopause issues in the workplace to counter a disturbing trend where companies are losing valuable members of staff  who would rather leave than deal with a workplace environment that hinders rather than helps their problems. Click on the image or go here to hear the interview on the BBC iplayer. Diane can be heard around 2 hours and 15 minutes into the broadcast.

Later, Diane told BBC West Midlands show host Alex Lester that there were many psychological symptoms of menopause, something that has made it a “taboo subject” even among friends as well as in workplaces.

“My grandmother handled her menopause behind closed doors but she did not have to cope with the workplace as well – when you don’t know what is happening to you it can be really, really scary” she added.

Menopause affects 50 per cent of the population directly but can also affect many more, notably partners and employers. Doctors often do not have much training in menopause issues and can sometimes offer antidepressants rather than treat underlying causes.

Click on the image or go here to hear the interview on the BBC iplayer. Diane can be heard around 1 hours and 57 minutes into the broadcast.