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Menopause symptoms forcing women to take time off work, research suggests

SYMPTOMS from the menopause and a lack of support at work are forcing some women to take time off and even leave their jobs, research suggests. 

A poll of 3,800 women, released today, found that almost all — 99 per cent — felt symptoms from the menopause has led to a negative impact on their careers.

While 59 per cent had taken time off work due to their symptoms, with 18 per cent off for more than eight weeks, more than half said their workplace offered no menopause support. 

The poll, carried out for Newson Health Research and Education, an organisation supporting women through the menopause, also found that one in four reduced their hours and 12 per cent resigned.

The organisation’s co-founder Dr Louise Newson said the survey shows an urgent need to improve workplace menopause support as well as access to information and treatment to ease symptoms. 

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said there was no excuse for the continued “silence, embarrassment, confusion and inaction around the menopause.”

"Women’s working lives are being affected by a toxic mix of sexism and ageism,” she said. “This needs to change.”

"Employers have a duty to prevent workplace discrimination and to make adjustments to ensure women can work safely through the menopause.”

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