Half of women say the menopause has made their work life worse and a quarter say they have considered leaving their jobs because of the menopause, according to a survey for an ITV progamme.
There are estimated to be around 3.5m women over 50 in the UK and, according to ITV’s Tonight programme, one in four women suffer significant symptoms while going through the menopause.
The Tonight programme’s survey found that 85% of women believe there should be occupational health guidelines for menopausal workers.
As part of the programme, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) launched guidance on menopause in the workplace.
The guidelines include practical, low-cost measures on how to improve workplace environments for menopausal women.
But two-thirds of the women surveyed said they had no support at work.
Dr Heron said that with more women at work potentially experiencing menopausal symptoms, it is an occupational health issue for employers.