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Normalizing Menopause in the Workplace Women are often at the peak of their careers during the transition to menopause, and, yet, menopause remains unmentionable in the workplace. Here are some tips to help normalize menopause on the job. Normalizing Menopause in the Workplace For our mothers, pregnancy was the workplace unmentionable. Once a married woman began to “show,” she was expected to leave her job and begin her new life as a stay-at-home wife and mother. Now, our daughters often have family leave time, breastfeeding rooms at work, sometimes even on-site daycare.

In the workplace, the universal approach to menopause seems to be “don’t ask; don’t tell.” If you can’t see it, it ain’t happening. There are, however, a few problems with this approach. Menopause should be highlighted as part of a wider occupational health awareness campaign in the workplace to assure staff that the employer has a positive attitude regarding menopause and that it is willing to listen and accommodate for women experiencing it. Normalising the Normal: Sensitively Approaching Menopause in the Workplace It is not an illness nor a medical condition but a natural stage of life all women will experience yet, menopause remains a considerably taboo subject in the workplace. A recent report as a result of a survey/study conducted by the Latrobe University entitled Women, Work and The Menopause highlighted the trend that most menopausal women, generally, did not talk to their employees or even to their closest work colleagues about their daily struggles during menopause.

This is a working group whose working lives, conditions, challenges and aspirations were poorly. Leveraging perspectives like this can help us shift the way we see menopause and how the opportunity can be applied to the workplace. It starts from within the company’s culture to destigmatize. Raising awareness of the menopause in an occupational setting through health promotion programmes and awareness training for managers. 2. Organising social support within the work place.

This could include information packs, mentoring schemes and lunch time support. Implementing an occupational health policy that includes clear guidance and best practice for the management of menopause in the workplace is vital to maintaining engagement, productivit. Thankfully women are no longer expected to simply suffer in the workplace.

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has introduced new guidelines around menopause in the workplace, which provide recommendations about working conditions for menopausal women. These include training managers to be aware of the potential effects of menopause at work, adapting your working environment (this.

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Information about menopause and signposting to further sources of advice can be provided within the workplace.

“Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects” by John Hobson, Julia Smedley
from Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects
by John Hobson, Julia Smedley
Oxford University Press, 2019

I’ve worked with women to help their hormone balance during menopause for over 25 years.

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone” by Linda Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 2004

Guidelines for Counseling Women on Management of Menopause.

“Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” by Balaji
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by Balaji
Elsevier (A Divisionof Reed Elsevier India Pvt. Limited), 2009

Hence, before menopause, women should not be exposed in the workplace.

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from Handbook on the Toxicology of Metals
by Monica Nordberg, Gunnar F. Nordberg, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 2011

menopause: management strategies for the clinician.

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

My work in menopause also led me to develop a practice dedicated to meeting the needs of women experiencing menopausal symptoms who have cancer or who are at risk for cancer.

“The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project: A Framework for Success” by Katherine J. Moran, Dianne Conrad, Rosanne Burson
from The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project: A Framework for Success
by Katherine J. Moran, Dianne Conrad, Rosanne Burson
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

Now more than ever, clinicians have options for the management of menopause.

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from Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book
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Tailoring treatment to each woman’s circumstance is crucial to menopause management.

“Family Medicine: Principles and Practice” by A.K. David, S.A. Fields, D.M. Phillips, J.E. Scherger, Robert Taylor
from Family Medicine: Principles and Practice
by A.K. David, S.A. Fields, et. al.
Springer New York, 2002

Menstrual problems that may affect the workplace include amenorrhoea, menorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, the premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and

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by Jeanne Mager Stellman, International Labour Organisation, International Labour Office
International Labour Office, 1998

Thankyou to Marcia Jones, Director of the PMS and Menopause Center at Dixie Health, Inc., for her advice on the manuscript, for contributing new reference material, and for her many introductions to health care advocates.

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  • So true! I started a new job earlier this year, a promotion of sorts with another agency. 2 weeks into it I got hit with the most severe symptoms. I have been in a constant state of panic that I won’t make it through probation as I was having a hard time remembering everything I was being shown. Add to that the majority of my coworkers are in their 30’s, the department I am housed in in all male, and the general testing that goes along with being new has made for a rough time. I finally had to talk with my boss about it and assured her I was getting treatment for it, I was lucky she was understanding, Hoping it will last as I manage symptoms. I had to deal with the psychology of feeling oldand it stinks! I look forward to learning more and getting past this stage. ❤️

  • Almost 51 and in menopause thanks to surgery. It will be used as a medical excuse and to go ask Uncle Google about it! Better yet, have a woman boss a few years older who KNOWS it’s real and the road blocks faced

  • Wow Dr. Taylor! It really felt like you were speaking directly to me! I am a 50 year old teacher who cannot get hired. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom!

  • Dr. Barbie..everyone I know are so excited to listen to the interview you and I had for your talk show! Monday can’t get here fast enough!

  • Thank you!♡.. so true
    Do you have a suggestion of a good response, without being defensive, to those that don’t believe in menopause symptoms?

  • Gorgeous outfit!
    In NYC it is almost impossible for men or women to get a job after 35. They tend to lay everyone off at 50 across the board in any career in NYC. My poor friend I mentioned earlier we worked together at a ladies gym. She is a former neighbor of mine and was such a great trainer all the women loved her! The boss and her best friend said she was mentally ill and her husband was going to institutionalize her. Then she got HRT and she was fine! Nobody apologized to her and I was personally offended at how they treated her! You described Stacy in your description of a menopausal woman. I have actually had many ask me if I am in menopause when they hear my age.
    They usually say I am too “cute” and look too young and I am too nice to be menopausal. Honestly. I was bewildered by those statements. Some were women asking me that! Women sometimes are so mean to other women!
    Yes I already know I am special and I don’t need constant affirmation!
    But I am on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram. I am following you on Twitter. I don’t go on Twitter much I just signed up to stay in touch with a friend.
    Thanks for your hard work in helping us!

  • You are spot on. I have been stressed over not being able to perform as well at work. It’s nice to be able to laugh about it. On the one hand, I want everyone to cut me some slack while I work this through. OTOH, I don’t want everyone treating me like I’m feeble just because I’m menopausal.

  • I thank you for his video. This is where I’m at right now. I’m 47 y/o had a HX 2 yrs ago. I’m eager to go back to work after being a housewife for 17 yrs. nobody will hire me because I have not been a working Nurse for this long! It’s horrible because I have so much to give but nobody to give me a chance so far.

  • I plan to share this video with all my juniors, and, maybe sometime, with my bosses as well. All of them are men and maybe it will help them understand my part. I guess educating them is better than suffering in silence. I know it is uphill
    task but I plan not to give up. I have always stood by them in their difficult times, and now I deserve to ‘make’ them more ‘understanding’ towards not just me, but also towards their mothers, wives and sisters.

  • I love you MenoBarbie! I also had a urine leak at the elevator while running to my apartment!! All you speak is so true. I am a teacher myself and have to keep my mouth “menoshut”in the presence of staff gossipers. Every morning I have to change my bra, singlet, and pantie because they are soaking wet /after a hot menoflash after opening my mouth for two lessons. Keep those videos coming. You are my menomom forever! I am still watching the entire playlist.
    A from Japan

  • Woman are experts at multi-tasking. Not bashing men at all but I’d like to see how they would react if THEY had to deal with menopause!

  • Menopause Taylor can do a million times more for women as she’s a retired gynecologist who presents facts and let’s you decide what’s right. Over 200 videos

  • She is the very best: older mature than most, professional and strategic, better judgement, reliable, not engaged in office politics gossiping no pms no need childcare not creating drama polite no offputting clothes I won’t be checking on Facebook

    You are so smart Dr Taylor!!! Thank you:)

  • We need to get the word out to the world….all men and women should know how menopause affects our lives. It’s like having MS…because I would bang into walls or lose my ability to talk, people assumed I was drunk! We need to come together to make people aware of ALL symptoms of Menopause.

  • I have to chuckle when I think about men when they reach that time in their lives when they need testosterone. That’s totally acceptable!

  • You made some excellent points in this video about the workplace.
    Menopausal Women just struggle wherever they turn in this world. Nobody knows much about it and when you say the word “Menopause” the men disappear. Lol. ����
    Notice the word has the word Men-opause.
    I like to tease my husband and tell him he has menopause. Lol.
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    I do not think men would do well if they were the ones that axtuallyhad the menopause instead of having to deal with the wife with menopause.
    Oh my goodness this was funny.

  • That was one of the best presentations of symptoms but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell us what steps you took to reclaim your mind and power. I was thinking “this is fantastic, I can’t wait to hear what she did” and then Nothing…please just let us know what worked for you. Thank you in advance and I am pleased you feel empowered.

  • Really great and understandable talk. It’s so much more supportive than what we saw our own mother’s go through a decade ago. There is so much more help, research, treatment and total understanding of why we are experiencing the myriad of symptoms. Thank you for giving us the pep talk we need as we are transitioning.