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A recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has revealed the negative impact of menopausal symptoms on the workplace, with an estimated cost of $1.8 billion in lost work time.
Women make up a sizeable portion of the workforce. Menopause typically occurs at around 52 years of age, and symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, sleep disturbances, joint aches, and cognitive difficulties. 11% of the participants reported missing work due to these symptoms.
According to the researchers, women are often afraid to disclose their symptoms due to the fear of discrimination or stigma, making it essential to create a supportive work environment.
The study’s authors recommend that clinicians should ask women about their menopausal symptoms, offer guidance and treatment, and employers should implement strategies and policies to help women navigate the work-life balance.
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