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World Menopause Day

Kasey Brown

Today marks World Menopause Day

Menopause is not just hot flushes and periods stopping, it begins years before and the symptoms are broad and can affect life at home and at work

There are approximately 13 million peri or menopausal women in the UK, and women of menopausal age are the fastest-growing demographic in the workforce. 

Perimenopause is when hormone levels begin to fluctuate and symptoms may appear, often in the early to mid-forties, and there are more than 30 recognised symptoms. Menopause is 12 consecutive months without a period, and the average age is 51 in the UK.

Symptoms last on average 4-8 years, with 80% of women experiencing them, and 77% of women finding one symptom very difficult. The experience is different for everyone. It can happen naturally or as a side effect of treatment, and for some people it can happen much earlier.

World Menopause Day is intended to raise awareness of the menopause and support available for improving health and wellbeing for those experiencing menopausal symptoms.

(peri)Menopause does not need to be something that women suffer through silently. 

What support do we offer within the Corporation of Lloyd’s?

To support those experiencing (peri)Menopause, at Lloyd’s we offer: 

  • 30-minute women’s health primary care menopause consultation
  • We have also added 3 menopause packages which means the doctor will be able to refer you for a range of diagnostic tests if they think it’s clinically indicated. This is available following the menopause consultation or your regular health assessment
  • Reasonable adjustments can be made through our ClearTalents portal
  • Flexible working, including “work for your day” – employees can agree with their manager if they need to occasionally flex, for example when they have had a poor night’s sleep, or if there is a longer-term change to their working arrangements required
  • Trained wellbeing champions and mental health first aiders – colleagues that you can turn to at Lloyd’s if you need someone to talk to
  • Access to AXA Stronger Minds – private health care for anxiety/depression etc. without a GP referral
  • Employee Assistance Programme – free confidential advice and open 24/7
  • Doctor at Hand – Open 24/7 365 days a year for free GP advice
  • Wellbeing support hub – where you will find links, support and webinars
  • Paid sickness absence
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Dive In: (peri)Menopause and beyond

At Dive In 2022 there was a fabulous hour-long session on (peri)Menopause and beyond: can we create a sustainable, thriving workforce? 

It was the most watched of the 19 UK festival events.

Kasey Brown - Senior Manager, Culture & Engagement, Lloyd's

18 Oct 2022