Can you be off work with menopause?

Can you be off work with menopause?

Under the Equality Act 2010, menopause is largely covered under three protected characteristics: age, sex and disability discrimination. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 provides for safe working, which extends to the working conditions when experiencing menopausal symptoms.

What happens when you are forced into menopause?

Women who have induced menopause experience the hot flashes, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, and other symptoms of menopause but without the gradual onset of a natural menopause. Seek out a certified menopause practitioner for help finding information about and your options when undergoing induced menopause.

What is brain fog in menopause?

It’s common for women going through menopause to complain of what researchers sometimes call “brain fog” — forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly. And while those complaints are subjective, a number of studies have also shown they can be objectively detected.

Do you have to tell your manager about menopause?

Telling your manager or colleagues will depend on your symptoms, of course you don’t have to tell anybody if you do not think your menopause journey is impacting your work in any way. However, many women may wish to make others aware so that they are understood better, feel more comfortable and are able to enjoy their workplace again.

How does menopause affect your work at work?

For some women fatigue may come and go in menopause but many are left completely drained 24/7 and even simple tasks may be a serious struggle. This is a particularly debilitating symptom, particularly if your job requires a lot of attention to detail, heavy concentration and memory.

What are the symptoms of menopause for women?

In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 52. However, about one in 100 women have their menopause before the age of 40. Common symptoms can include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex, a reduced sex drive, low moods or anxiety and difficulty sleeping.

Why do some women have hot flushes after menopause?

‘We looked at a large number of older post-menopausal women and were surprised to find menopausal symptoms persisted in over half of the women,’ says study co-author Professor Myra Hunter. ‘They were having hot flushes ten years after their last period.’