By Clare Quinn
Lack of access to awareness and information about menopause symptoms and help is causing women in Northern Ireland to call for more support. New research has shown that 1 in 10 women have given up work due to uncomfortable menopause symptoms. Women are increasingly turning to the private and community sector to provide support during this challenging time.
The UK is also experiencing a hormone replacement therapy shortage which is causing suffering amongst menopausal women. Women unable to access the medication which helps to relieve their symptoms are reporting that they are unable to work or live normally. Pharmacies are reporting a severe shortage of certain types of HRT medication due to high demand.
Awareness of additional needs for women experiencing menopausal symptoms in the workplace has been recognised by employers. The Northern Ireland Civil Service have recently introduced a new menopause policy. The UK menopause taskforce across the four nations to coordinate support for women going through the menopause met recently for the first time.