ONE in 10 menopausal women has quit their job because of symptoms, a TV documentary found.
Hundreds of thousands also reduced their working hours and avoided promotions.
Davina McCall, who hosts the C4 follow-up series Sex, Mind and the Menopause, said: “I couldn’t believe the reaction after the release of the last documentary.
“It was like a tsunami, a tidal wave.
“I couldn’t believe that so many women had to suffer unnecessarily.”
A survey found that around 333,000 women have quit their job during menopause – one in ten.
About 14 percent, nearly half a million, reduced their hours, while eight percent did not seek a promotion.
Most said they had no formal help or guidance at work.
The Sun is campaigning for free hormone replacement therapy for everyone – and the documentary shows it can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
The show, which airs tonight at 9pm, follows Sex, Myths and Menopause from 2021.
What is menopause and at what age does it usually start?
Menopause is a natural part of aging that usually occurs when a woman is between the ages of 45 and 55.
In the UK, the median age of a woman going through menopause is 51.
It occurs when estrogen levels in the body begin to fall.
During this time, periods become less frequent or they may stop suddenly, and postmenopausal women cannot conceive naturally.
About one in 100 women will experience menopause before the age of 40, and this is known as premature ovarian failure or premature menopause.
Many celebrities have spoken out about their own experiences, including Lisa Snowdon, Davina McCall, Michelle Heaton and Zoe Hardman.
What are the symptoms?
Menopausal symptoms can start months or years before your period ends and last up to four years or more after your last period.
- hot flashes
- Alternating or irregular periods
- sleep disorders
- fear and loss of confidence
- Dejection, irritability and depression
- night sweats
- Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex
- Reduced libido (sex drive)
- Problems with concentration or memory
- weight gain
- Bladder Control
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