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DEI HUB: Menopause



Menopause is the time of life after a woman's, trans or non-binary person's last period, leaving a hormone deficiency.  The years leading up to that point are called the menopausal transition or perimenopause.  During this phase, many have changes in their monthly cycles, hot flushes, brain fog or other symptoms. 

The experience is different for everyone: some have no signs of change, others have debilitating symptoms that affect work, relationships, day-to-day life and health.  There is treatment available and everybody who chooses to, should have access to it.

It can be a tricky time to deal with both physically and emotionally.  Whatever you’re feeling, you're not alone.
The menopause is not a specific protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. But if an employee or worker is put at a disadvantage and treated less favourably because of their menopause symptoms, this could be discrimination if related to a protected characteristic.

All resources below have been recommended by AEO, AEV, and ESSA members. If you would like to submit a resource for consideration on Menopause including articles, videos, books, and/or films, please send it to us by clicking the button below.

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How does menopause affect women at work - Balance

This video shows how Menopause can affect people at work and how it can cause changes in mental health and productivity.  


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Creating and working in a menopause confident organisation - Balance 

This guide contains lots of information for managers about how they can make their businesses more supportive of team members going through Menopause symptoms.

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Menopause policy and guidance example - Balance 

This an example of a policy a business could introduce to show that they are 'menopause confident' and have the tools in place to support people going through Menopause. 

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A guide to managing menopause at work

This guide written by CIPD and Bupa gives helpful advice about how symptoms can be managed at work. 

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Menopause and the workplace

A simple and easy to read guide that explains how employers should be helping people with menopause symptoms.

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Guide written by UNISON explaining how menopause can affect the workplace. 

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A book that shares and starts important conversations about menopause; sharing how to support people going through menopause. 

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Balance is an amazing resource with lots of guides and tips for finding out about and managing the symptoms of Menopause, both physically and mentally. 

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Menopause in Business

A superb resource by Kate Usher that explains how to support people going through menopause in the workplace.

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