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The menopause can last one to three years, and most women will go through the menopause while still working. Symptoms such as hot flushes and increased anxiety can be disruptive, but there's plenty you and your employer can do to make your working life more comfortable at this time.
The TUC’s webpages on Women and Health and Safety include a link to the relevant chapter of Hazards at work, the TUC’s guide to Health and Safety in the workplace, and Working through the change, a report on health and safety and the menopause. The TUC has issued new guidance for reps: Supporting women through the menopause .
UNISON also has a menopause factsheet and a guide: The menopause and work: a guide for UNISON safety reps .
Hazards has produced a factsheet: Working through the change.
Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has published Women’s Health – The Menopause.
There is also information on dealing with the menopause on the NHS Choices Live Well website.
Dr Anne MacGregor, Understanding the menopause and HRT, Family Doctor Series (BMA), priced £4.95 and is available from all major book sellers.
Jenni Murray, Is it me, or is it hot in here?, published by Penguin Random House, priced £9.99.