Global consensus recommendations on menopause in the workplace : A European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) position statement

Rees, Margaret and Bitzer, Johannes and Cano, Antonio and Ceausu, Iuliana and Chedraui, Peter and Durmusoglu, Fatih and Erkkola, Risto and Geukes, Marije and Godfrey, Alan and Goulis, Dimitrios G and Griffiths, Amanda and Hardy, Claire and Hickey, Martha and Hirschberg, Angelica Lindén and Hunter, Myra and Kiesel, Ludwig and Jack, Gavin and Lopes, Patrice and Mishra, Gita and Oosterhof, Henk and Pines, Amos and Riach, Kathleen and Shufelt, Chrisandra and van Trotsenburg, Mick and Weiss, Rachel and Lambrinoudaki, Irene (2021) Global consensus recommendations on menopause in the workplace : A European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) position statement. Maturitas, 151. pp. 55-62. ISSN 0378-5122

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INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, there are 657 million women aged 45-59 and around half contribute to the labor force during their menopausal years. There is a diversity of experience of menopause in the workplace. It is shaped not only by menopausal symptoms and context but also by the workplace environment. It affects quality of life, engagement, performance, motivation and relations with employers. AIM: To provide recommendations for employers, managers, healthcare professionals and women to make the workplace environment more menopause supportive, and to improve women's wellbeing and their ability to remain in work. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Literature review and consensus of expert opinion. SUMMARY RECOMMENDATIONS: Workplace health and wellbeing frameworks and policies should incorporate menopausal health as part of the wider context of gender and age equality and reproductive and post-reproductive health. Workplaces should create an open, inclusive and supportive culture regarding menopause, involving, if available, occupational health professionals and human resource managers working together. Women should not be discriminated against, marginalized or dismissed because of menopausal symptoms. Health and allied health professionals should recognize that, for some women, menopausal symptoms can adversely affect the ability to work, which can lead to reduction of working hours, underemployment or unemployment, and consequently financial insecurity in later life.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Maturitas. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Maturitas, 151, 2021 DOI:10.1016/j.maturitas.2021.06.006
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