18 October is World Menopause Day

16 Oct 2020

PCS offers a range of training sessions and materials to help educate, support and raise awareness of the menopause

World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.

Studies have shown that menopause symptoms can have a significant impact on attendance and performance in the workplace. A TUC survey found that 90% of respondents felt that menopause affected their working life.

According to menopausesupport.co.uk, approximately 13 million women in the U.K are either peri- (when symptoms begin but before the actual menopause) or post-menopausal. Symptoms can last up to 15 years and over 60% of women experience symptoms resulting in behaviour changes, while one in four women will experience severe debilitating symptoms.

As the average age of the menopause in the UK is 51, this makes it very much a trade union issue.

Education and awareness sessions

PCS runs regular sessions on Menopause Awareness, currently online via Teams or Zoom.  The course covers how the menopause affects women mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, and its effects on younger women and also trans men and women. It gives practical advice on ways to deal with its symptoms, your rights at work and ways of improving the workplace environment. The sessions are open to women and men. Check our events pages for a session in your area.

Online advice

The PCS website has a raft of information about the menopause. Our article on Tackling ignorance about the menopause and work includes links to PCS blogs by NEC member Karen Watts on how to manage women undergoing the menopause, and a series of links to external websites with help and information.

There are also blogs by Patricia Hill, the latest published to mark 2020’s World Menopause Day.

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