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Are Women Suffering From Menopausal Symptoms Being Forced Out Of Jobs?

A campaigner for older workers has told The Times of her fears that women struggling with symptoms of the menopause are perceived to be under-performing and at threat of loosing their jobs

Dr Ros Altmann, an adviser to the government and an expert on pensions, has explained how the menopause may be affected womens chance in the workpace.

Altmann highlights how women fear raising the issue of the menapause with both bosses and collegaues as it is still viewed as a taboo subject which they worry won't be met with respect. Altmann explains: “Pregnancy is, childbirth is, bereavement is, many other life phases are, but [menopausal women] get no support in the workplace.”

Starting at the average age of 52 but affecting women as young as 40, menopausal symptoms can include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia and mood shifts.

In December, Gedis Grudzinskas, a leading fertility expert called for women workers to be given paid ‘menstrual leave’ (in addition to holiday and sick days) when suffering with menopausal symptoms. With menstrual leave already legal in Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia and with Canada in discussions to change their laws will the UK follow suit?

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