Menopause workshop for all NUJ reps and members

From blood, sweat and fears to love, life and compassion - demystifying the menopause to thrive in love, life and work.

The menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life so why is it still a taboo subject and not better understood by women, their families, and their employers?

In this free, interactive and informative online workshop on Tuesday 28 June, 12.00-13.00, Dr Clare Spencer and Helen Normoyle, the co-founders of My Menopause Centre, will demystify the menopause and discuss ways NUJ reps and members can put in place workplace policies to improve the experience of women going through the menopause while at work.

  • There are approximately 15.5 million women in the UK who are in some state of the menopause transition and, with life expectancy increasing, this means that almost 40 per cent of the average woman’s life is spent post-menopause.
  • Most women will start the menopause transition in their mid-forties, and an estimated 8 in 10 will experience some physical and/or mental symptoms of the menopause.
  • Almost 8 out of 10 women of menopausal age are in work, and menopausal women are the fastest growing demographic in workplaces across the UK, yet only a minority of women have discussed their symptoms with their line manager.
  • Over 900,000 women in the UK have left jobs as a result of menopausal symptoms.
  • 1 in 4 women going through the menopause has considered leaving work because of her experiences.

Menopause is everyone’s business: the silence, lack of awareness and understanding around the menopause has a personal, social and economic impact.

Dr Clare Spencer (MA MB BChir (Cantab) DM MRCOG MRCGP) is a registered menopause specialist and GP. She qualified from Cambridge University and holds Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of General Practitioners. Clare also runs an NHS menopause service and is a GP partner.

Helen Normoyle is a self-described women’s wellness champion and has held chief marketing Officer roles across the healthcare, beauty, broadcast, furniture and property sectors with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide respectively.