Menopause Information

Facts & figures, questions and answers.  We aim to provide valuable information to help start your organisation on the journey towards being menopause aware and menopause friendly.


Menopause by Numbers 

Statistics and information taken from various sources including The British Menopause Society (BMS), International Menopause Society (IMS), European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM), Farleys Solicitors, and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH)  


Working Life Affected

63 % of menopausal women say their working life has been negatively affected by their symptoms


Severe Symptoms

In a recent survey 25% of women describe their symptoms as severe

70% of Women Work

Data published by the Office for National Statistic showed that 70% of women in the UK are in paid employment and that women comprise 47% of the UK workforce.

Greater % of the Workforce

Over the last 30 years, the proportion of women aged 55-59 in UK employment has gone up from 49% to 69% and for women aged 60-64 from 18% to 41%.

No Support

A staggering 90% of the women who responded to a recent survey said that their workplace had no help available at all when it came to employees going through the menopause.

Menopause Symptoms At Work

58% of the women surveyed said that they were still affected by symptoms of the menopause, and that this sometimes caused them problems at work.

Almost half said that their poor concentration or forgetfulness has led them to make more mistakes, while 40% admitted to losing interest in their job as a result.

11% forwent the opportunity for promotion because of the menopause, and 8% believed that their symptoms played some part in them resigning their position.

  • Hot Flushes 80% 80%
  • Feeling tired or drowsy 63% 63%
  • Low Mood 48% 48%
  • Difficulty Concentrating 47% 47%
  • Memory Problems  43% 43%


Menopausal Age In Work

Around 75-80% of women of menopausal age are in work.


Improve Support

72% of women said that their workplace needed to improve the level of support.


Menopause Symptoms

Menopause symptoms affect 70-80% of all women.


Line Manager Training

Only 3% of line managers are trained to provide help and support.


The Symptoms of Menopause

Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these can be quite severe and have a significant impact on everyday activities. Below are some of the more common symptoms of menopause. However, it’s worth remembering that symptoms are unique to each individual.