Symptoms of menopause may interfere with women’s jobs, Japanese researchers report.
By Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) –
For the study, investigators examined nearly 600 working women, aged 45 to 65, in Japan. Of these, 61% were postmenopausal.
Women with a higher number of menopause symptoms performed worse at work, according to the study authors recently published online in Menopause, Journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
But having a job with less stress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has helped reduce symptoms of menopause in women, the researchers found. Additionally, women with many symptoms of menopause were more likely to be inactive and suffer from chronic health issues and work-related stress, they noted.
According to Keiko Hashimoto of Tohoku University, Miyagi, and colleagues, the findings provide insight into how to help maintain the productivity of postmenopausal women at work.
For example, employers could improve working conditions for women with hot flashes by lowering the room temperature and adapting dress codes to allow for lighter, short-sleeved clothing.
Another idea is for employers to offer stress management courses that would benefit all employees, including women struggling with mood swings due to fluctuating estrogen levels.
The study authors noted that women are often reluctant to discuss symptoms of menopause with their supervisors, so employers may be less likely to make such changes in the workplace.
“This study highlights a link between the burden of menopausal symptoms and reduced performance at work. Notably, the women in this study who had more symptoms related to menopause also tended to be caregivers and suffered from chronic illnesses, ”said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS Medical Director.
“While workplace modifications are a potential tactic to address this issue, proper treatment of menopause-related symptoms and stress counseling for caregivers can lead to improved overall health as well as improvement. performance at work, ”Faubion said in a company press release.
This study isn’t the only one to assess how menopause symptoms affect job performance, but it is the first to specifically look at the number of menopause symptoms and their effect on productivity.
There is more on menopause at the US Bureau of Women’s Health.
SOURCE: North American Menopause Society, press release, November 30, 2020