As with many great beginnings, this journey started over a cup of coffee and a conversation about the lack of positive discussion around this normal midlife event called the menopause and the shortage of knowledge on where to go for help if needed. Women are often unaware of the impact of the menopause on their physical and psychological wellbeing and may not be adequately supported by other health professionals or in the workplace. For puberty and pregnancy information is readily available and women are happy to share their experiences – good and bad. When it comes to the third stage of reproductive health the conversation often stops … and it can become an unspoken and isolating problem.
In response, Emma and Melanie combined their professional skills and experience and established Working with the Menopause, to offer a cognitive behaviour intervention (CBT) for menopause symptoms to women who were unable to access usual medical treatments or who preferred a self-management approach. Alongside, they wanted to deliver business support to increase knowledge, promote equality and enable a duty of care through workplace education and training.
Our CBT work is rooted in unique and specialist experience and is now recommended as part of the NHS NICE treatment guidelines and by the British (and North American) Menopause Society.
Results from the trial of women who used the CBT intervention found reduced severity of some symptoms in 87% of participants and resulted in 37% gaining the confidence to discuss their menopausal transition with their manager.
Our CBT approach has been shown to reduce the impact of hot flushes on daily life as well as reducing the frequency of night sweats.
The sessions also established broader benefits for mood, sleep and quality of life and demonstrated improvements in emotional and physical functioning at follow-up.
Our business services focus on employers creating a safe place to work – whether the menopausal transition is a positive or troublesome time, our professional and open approach normalises this life stage to allow for all individual experiences.
We approach every project with professional integrity, putting the needs of the women and the business at the forefront of our objectives.
Our extensive experience in working with women allows us to advise employers on how to provide menopausal transition-related workplace support and integrate it into the wider equality and diversity agenda.
We are trusted because we deliver practical solutions based on credible evidence to manage the risk of workplace health issues and to assist business outcomes.
Our HR and management training is the first of its kind and was developed using recommended best practice in managing workplace health to support employee wellbeing.
The workplace has been identified as a factor that can influence reproductive wellbeing – we have devised a menopause impact assessment to assist managers to support your employees when needed.
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