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World Menopause Day


Today is World Menopause Day, and people across the globe are coming together to raise awareness of this natural transition that millions experience - but which remains shrouded in taboo.

The menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and symptoms can last up to ten years, including everything from fatigue and hot flushes to anxiety, insomnia and problems with concentration and memory.

For around a quarter of women, these symptoms can be severe, and have a huge impact on their day-to-day life. And it's not just an individual's problem either. The menopause can impact an organisation as a whole, with many women quitting their jobs, reducing their hours or passing up promotions because of their symptoms and the lack of support in their workplace.

In fact, research shows that 59% of women in the UK say the menopause has negatively impact them at work, and almost one million people have quit their jobs altogether.

For more information about the symptoms of the menopause and about available treatment options including hormone replacement therapy (HRT), head to the NHS website, and check out this self-care factsheet for tips on how you can look after yourself while going through the transition.

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