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Maturitas. 2016 Mar;85:79-81. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.12.005. Epub 2015 Dec 15.

EMAS recommendations for conditions in the workplace for menopausal women.

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1
Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology, School of Medicine, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU, UK. Electronic address: amanda.griffiths@nottingham.ac.uk.
2
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 'Carol Davila' University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 'Dr. I. Cantacuzino' Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.
3
Breast Clinic and Menopause Clinic, University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
4
Second Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National and Capodestrian University of Athens, Greece.
5
University Women's Hospital of Tuebingen, Calwer Street 7, 72076 Tuebingen, Germany.
6
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zaragoza University Facultad de Medicina, Hospital Clínico, Zaragoza 50009, Spain.
7
Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
8
Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, IVF Unit, Istanbul, Turkey.
9
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Pisa, Via Roma, 67, 56100, Pisa, Italy.
10
National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Royal Brompton Campus Hospital, London SW3 6NP, United Kingdom.
11
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
12
Women's Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK.

Abstract

Women form a large part of many workforces throughout Europe. Many will be working throughout their menopausal years. Whilst the menopause may cause no significant problems for some, for others it is known to present considerable difficulties in both their personal and working lives. During the menopausal transition women report that fatigue and difficulties with memory and concentration can have a negative impact on their working lives. Furthermore, hot flushes can be a source of embarrassment and distress. Some consider that these symptoms can impact on their performance. Greater awareness among employers, together with sensitive and flexible management can be helpful for women at this time. Particular strategies might include: fostering a culture whereby employees feel comfortable disclosing health problems, allowing flexible working, reducing sources of work-related stress, providing easy access to cold drinking water and toilets, and reviewing workplace temperature and ventilation.

KEYWORDS:

Menopause; Women; Workplace

PMID:
26857884
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.12.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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