When it comes to addressing menopause in the workplace, women often have specific concerns they seek answers.


How can I manage professional performance while dealing with symptoms?

Many women are concerned about maintaining their performance and managing their responsibilities effectively while experiencing symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, or cognitive challenges like reduced concentration or memory lapses. They may seek information on strategies, resources, or support systems available at work that can help them continue to perform their roles effectively.


Addressing these questions openly and with supportive resources can significantly improve the work environment and productivity, as well as the well-being of women going through menopause.


The most common reason a menopausal woman might call in sick for work is typically related to severe symptoms of menopause that impact her ability to function effectively on a day-to-day basis. Among these symptoms, some of the most debilitating include:


Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

These are among the most characteristic symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes can be intense and sudden, causing discomfort and embarrassment, especially in professional settings. Night sweats can severely disrupt sleep, leading to fatigue and exhaustion that might make it difficult for a woman to face the workday.


Sleep Disturbances

Menopause can significantly disrupt sleep patterns due to night sweats, anxiety, and hormonal changes. Poor sleep quality can lead to fatigue, decreased concentration, irritability, and a generally reduced ability to perform tasks, which may result in calling in sick.


Mood Changes and Mental Health Issues

Menopause can trigger mood swings, depression, and anxiety, largely due to hormonal fluctuations. On days where these symptoms are particularly severe, a woman might feel unable to manage social interactions and the demands of her job.


These symptoms can be unpredictably severe and, when they are, might necessitate a day off to manage them effectively. Creating a supportive work environment where these issues are recognized and accommodated can help reduce the need for sick days and improve overall productivity and well-being for menopausal women.


~ Dr. Mia Chorney

thePause co-founder and CPO