Understanding menopause

Menopause is understood as the time during a woman’s life when menstruation permanently and naturally stops. Officially, it is defined as occurring when there have been no periods for 12 consecutive months and no other biological or physiological cause can be identified. Also referred to as the “change of life”, this can cause a chain reaction of physical and psychological side-effects to a woman’s body, some of which can last for a number of years. Changing hormone levels can cause issues months or even years before the menopause. This is known as the perimenopause.

It is, therefore, important that organisations have a clear and open system for supporting individuals who are going through the menopause and perimenopause, ensuring that any worker who needs additional support feels able to approach management on the issue and is fully aware of the steps that can be taken by the company on their behalf.

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