Some graphic examples of how women can struggle with the menopause at work appear in a new Daily Mail article .
From falling asleep in front of the CEO, struggling with panic attacks and forgetting vital information and being unable to lecture , some of those interviewed actually left their jobs because of the problem.
Author Helen Kendall reveals a survey by medical research charity Wellbeing of Women showed half of women feel these symptoms make their work life worse, while a quarter have considered leaving their jobs because of menopause symptoms.
Senior Channel 4 Executive Dorothy said her experience mirrors that of countless women, juggling lots of demands while coping with these symptoms, in their 40s and 50s.
‘Like me, most won’t want to tell people at work they’re exhausted because of the menopause, fearing it’ll be seen as a sign of weakness. But some days I was so tired I’d go down to the basement car park and sleep in my car for an hour.”
The story says that while in recent years, younger women have felt more able to talk openly about the demands of juggling early motherhood with a career, those in midlife — 4.3 million women aged 50 and over now work — are much less willing to discuss the sleeplessness, anxiety, mood swings and other physical symptoms they struggle to overcome.
One of the major aims of our campaign is to raise awareness within the workplace and we want all employers to have menopause guidelines in place to be able to support women experiencing symptoms. Too many women feel unsupported at work and currently 1 in 10 leave the workplace due to menopause symptoms.
You can read the article here