For immediate release: 21 February 2017
The menopause at work
The menopause affects the lives of many working women in the UK. Hot flushes and night sweats can cause a lack of concentration and fatigue, leading to a loss of confidence and poor decision making. Stress at work can make these symptoms worse. If working women are struggling with their menopausal symptoms, itâ€™s essential that they speak to their employer to see if they can make some changes to their working environment.
In the Winter 2016-17 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange, discusses the menopause at work. She looks at the impact of menopausal symptoms on work and which measures can help to make the workplace environment as comfortable as possible.
â€śItâ€™s important that women are open about their symptoms and any workplace issues, but some are too embarrassed to bring up the topic of the menopause,â€ť says Norma Goldman. â€śEmployers need to be prepared to help women cope more effectively with their symptoms at work and to make changes if necessary, such as improving ventilation and providing electric fans.â€ť
The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It provides impartial, easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top medical experts, such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, complementary practitioners etc.
Other articles in the Winter 2016-17 newsletter include coming off HRT, plant oestrogens and vaginal dryness, as well as recent news, Ask the Experts Q&As and details of talks by Norma Goldman.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: Premature menopause; Insomnia at the menopause; Less common menopausal symptoms; Going on HRT; CBT and mindfulness at the menopause; The menopause: a partners guide; Menopause consultations; Vitamin D; Thyroid problems.
3. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman. Norma has a pharmacy degree and a Masterâ€™s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace including hospitals, women and womenâ€™s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, companies and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Masterâ€™s degree in Science Communication.
4. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
5. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.