Recommendations for Workplace Conditions for Menopausal Women

Journal Maturitas publishes position statement

Amsterdam, December 21, 2015

Journal Maturitas today announced the publication of a position statement by the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) covering conditions in the workplace for menopausal women‏.

Many women will be working throughout their menopausal years. For some women the menopause presents considerable difficulties in daily life with symptoms also impacting  their work performance. To address the issue EMAS offers recommendations for working conditions for menopausal women. The guidance should be helpful not only for the women themselves, but also line managers and healthcare practitioners.

EMAS recommends that there should be greater awareness among employers, together with sensitive and flexible management can be helpful for women at this time. Working conditions should be assessed to consider the specific needs of menopausal women and ensure that the working environment will not make their symptoms worse. Particular strategies might include: fostering a culture whereby employees feel comfortable disclosing health problems, allowing flexible working, reducing sources of work-related stress and reviewing workplace temperature and ventilation. Information about the menopause and strategies for coping with symptoms at work should also be provided. This can come from both formal (provided by employers and occupational health departments) and informal networks of working women who have experienced the menopause.

These and other recommendations presented in EMAS’ position statement are published in the article “EMAS recommendations for conditions in the workplace for menopausal women”‏ (doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.12.005), Maturitas published by Elsevier.

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About European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS)
EMAS promotes the study of midlife health through its journal, congresses, schools and website and encourages the exchange of research and professional experience between members.

Using a range of activities and through its affiliates, EMAS aims to guarantee and provide the same standard of education and information throughout Europe on midlife health in both genders. Recognizing the issues arising from increased longevity the society also provides articles, patient information, web resources, and referrals for healthcare providers in the field and keeps its members up-to-date. For more information go to: http://www.emas-online.org

About Maturitas Maturitas is an international multidisciplinary peer reviewed scientific journal of midlife health and beyond, publishing original research, reviews, consensus statements and guidelines. The scope encompasses all aspects of postreproductive health in both genders ranging from basic science to health and social care. http://www.maturitas.org/

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