World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.
At Cardinus, we recognize the significance of this day and aim to provide valuable insights into the nuances of menopause and the positive steps employers can take to create supportive workplaces.
Keep reading as we provide more information about menopause, its symptoms, the importance of understanding and supporting women going through it, as well as guidance for employers.
What is the menopause?
Menopause is a natural and significant phase in a woman’s life when menstruation, or periods, cease permanently. It is officially recognized when there have been no menstrual cycles for 12 consecutive months without any other identifiable biological or physiological cause. This transition can trigger a range of physical and psychological side effects, some of which may persist for several years. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, primarily due to the loss of ovarian follicular function and a decrease in estrogen levels. Menopause can also be induced by surgical or medical procedures.
The journey to menopause is often gradual and marked by changes in the menstrual cycle, a phase known as “perimenopause.” Perimenopause encompasses the period when these changes first become noticeable and lasts up to one year after the final menstrual period. This transition can affect an individual’s physical, emotional, mental, and social wellbeing.
Creating an inclusive workplace
Recognising and addressing menopause is not just a matter of health; it’s a matter of dignity, inclusion, and respect. At Cardinus, we believe that fostering an understanding of menopause and providing the necessary support is essential for creating harmonious and productive workplaces. By embracing these principles, employers can contribute to the well-being of their employees and create a more inclusive and equitable work environment for all.
Our DSE management program (Healthy Working) recognises that ergonomic adjustments can help those going through the menopause as well aging in general. An information sheet on menopause in the workplace is available on the Healthy Working homepage and can be accessed anonymously by employees. For more information about this feature, please get in touch.