The survey this report is based on ran from November 2019 to February 2020 with 2,000 doctors participating.
What you'll get from this report
- Findings from our menopause survey.
- Insight into the challenges faced by doctors who are working through the menopause.
- The changes needed to make it easier for doctors to manage their symptoms at work.
There are very few older women left at my senior level in my traditional profession. If I mentioned my perimenopausal symptoms, I would be stigmatised and disrespected as someone who was no longer rational or capable.A survey respondent
BMA menopause survey discussion
Helena McKeown, Chair of the Representative Body and Helen Fiddler, Deputy Chair of the Consultants committee, discuss menopause in a presentation chaired by Lucy Kerr from BMA Policy.
The BMA’s network of elected women hosted a panel discussion to explore the issues in the report in more detail, and to support working doctors make changes in their workplaces.
Ways to better support doctors working through the menopause
- Breaking the taboo – employers should take a pro-active approach to normalising the topic of menopause and spread awareness of the impact the symptoms can have on work.
- Access to flexible working – enabling doctors to work flexibly will make their symptoms more manageable and improve morale. This should be made available across all specialities, and for those in, or applying for, senior roles.
- Adjustments to the workplace – this could include improving room ventilation, easier access to toilet facilities, drinking water and rest breaks.
- Support for mental health and wellbeing – menopause can impact your mental health as well as your physical health. Employers should sign up to our mental wellbeing charter to effectively support staff’s mental health.
- Developing an inclusive culture – including actions to address sexist and ageist behaviours in the workplace that prevent women speaking about menopause and asking for support.