‘It's time to tackle the taboo and talk about the menopause’ says Eastleigh MP Mims Davies

The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, Mims Davies, has joined MPs across Parliament, including the Prime Minister, in calling for employers to provide greater support for women going through the menopause, as the number of women in work remains at a record high. 

Commenting, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies said:

“Menopause is a natural part of ageing and will affect every woman at some point in their life, with each and every person’s experience being different. It is therefore really important that with more women in work than ever before – and as a result more employees experiencing perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms whilst at work – we all start to tackle the taboo and talk about the menopause. 

“Having supported constituents on a number of women’s health issues, I am therefore pleased to support my colleagues, including the Prime Minister, in raising awareness for more support for women going through menopause at work.”

The menopause signals the change in the body where oestrogen levels decline which usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. With 1 in 100 women experience the menopause before 40 years of age the national average for a woman to reach the menopause is 51. Common symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, reduced sex drive and problems with memory and concentration.