Menopause Awareness Toolkit

Menopause Awareness Toolkit

What is Menopause?

The word menopause literally means when your periods stop. Meno refers to your menstrual cycle and pause refers to the cycle stopping. The medical definition of being menopausal is when you have not had a period for one year.

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There are four key stages to be aware of:

  • Pre-menopause: the time in your life before any menopausal symptoms occur.
  • Perimenopause: when you experience menopausal symptoms due to hormone changes, but still have your period.
  • Menopause: when you do not have a period for 12 consecutive months.
  • Postmenopause: the time in your life after you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months. Women spend on average a third of their life postmenopausal.
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What Causes Menopause and the Symptoms?

The menopause occurs when your ovaries no longer produce eggs and, as a result, the levels of hormones called estrogen, progesterone and testosterone fall.

Estrogen protects a number of different systems in your body: your brain, skin, bones, heart, urinary functions and the genital area – low levels of estrogen can affect all these parts of your body. Prior to this you may experience menopausal symptoms but still have periods, this is known as the perimenopause. During your perimenopause and menopause, hormone levels fluctuate greatly and this imbalance can result in a range of symptoms.

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What Causes Menopause and the Symptoms?

The average age of the menopause in the UK is 51 years – therefore the last period occurs, on average, at 50 years old – however, this can be earlier for some women (see below). Symptoms of the perimenopause often start at around 45 years of age. Often when you read about menopausal symptoms, it also includes perimenopausal symptoms as they are the same, and both are due to your hormones changing.

  • Early Menopause - if the menopause occurs before the age of 45
  • Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) – if the menopause happens under 40 years old
  • Surgical Menopause – an early menopause as a result of:
    • If you have had your ovaries removed
    • If you have radiotherapy to your pelvic area as a treatment for cancer
    • If you have received certain types of chemotherapy drugs that treat cancer
    • If you have medical or surgical treatment for endometriosis or premenstrual syndrome
    • Some genetic and autoimmune factors can contribute to early menopause
    • If you have had your womb (uterus) removed by a hysterectomy, before your menopause, you may experience an early menopause even if your ovaries are not removed.

The Diverse Educators’ Menopause Awareness Toolkit

We are collating a growing bank of resources to support you in reflecting on the following questions:

  • Why is menopause awareness important?
  • How can we create school cultures and ethos to break down the stigma of menopause?
  • How can we change perspectives on the menopause?
  • Why should menopause awareness be a concern for men?
  • How can we support more teachers and school leaders through the menopause?
  • How can we retain more teachers through supporting teachers and school leaders through the menopause?
  • How can we reengage more teachers by providing menopause support?

Articles

Schools Week (Dec 21)

Managing menopause is a challenge all leaders must rise to

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Schools Week (July 21)

Schools can’t dismiss menopause as a women’s issue

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TES (Dec 21)

Menopause is real so why don’t we talk about it?

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TES (Oct 21)

Menopause: how to support school staff

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TES (July 21)

Teaching with the menopause was better in lockdown

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TES (July 19)

How schools are tackling the menopause

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TES (June 19)

Menopause is real so why don’t we talk about it?

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TES (June 19)

Schools must act to end the damaging taboo around menopause

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Blogs

Diane Danzebrink, founder of #Make Menopause Matter campaign, My Second Spring

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Is your school Menopause savvy?

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Menopause in the workplace: what employers should be doing, Positive Pause

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School life and the menopause, Now Teach

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Teaching and the menopause: your stories, Education support

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The Effing Menopause, Helen Clare

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Books

Frostrup, Mariella and Smellie, Alice. Cracking the Menopause: While Keeping Yourself Together

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Henderson, Anne. Natural Menopause

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Muir, Kate. Everything You Need to Know about Menopause

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Newson, Dr Louise. Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause

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Newson, Dr Louise. Menopause: All You Need to Know in One Concise Manual

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Thorogood, Bev. The Business of Menopause: A Guide for Working Women

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Podcasts

Balance App series of podcasts

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BBC Sounds Business Daily: Hormones: Oestrogen and the Menopause

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Coffee With The Coaching Revolutionaries: Helen Clare - Passionate Menopause Coach For Educators

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The Dr Louise Newson Podcast

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Employment Law

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MENOPAUSE: The Good, The Bad & The Downright Sweaty

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Menopause: The ultimate taboo (CIPD)

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Postcards from Midlife by Lorraine Candy & Trish Halpin

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Supporting employees experiencing the menopause (XpertHR)

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We Lead Well Podcast: It’s time to talk about the Menopause

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Why the Menopause Is a Business Issue

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Resources

Balance for Corporates, the Current Workplace Scenario: Resources

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Managing the Menopause in the Workplace (NASUWT)

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Menopause Guides, Checklists and Model Policy (NEU)

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Menopause Transition: Effects on Women’s Economic Participation (DfE 2017)

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Menopause Whilst Black, Karen Arthur

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Newson Clinic Factsheets, Booklets, Podcasts

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Now Teach Resource

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Talking Menopause

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The Balance App Resources

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The Menopause at Work: Guidance for Line Managers (CIPD)

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The Menopause at Work: Printable Resources (CIPD)

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Videos

Davina McCall and Louise Newson on Davina’s C4 Documentary

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Menopause Support Charity, Video Blogs

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Menopause Training Company Video Channel

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My Menopause Doctor

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Teachers and the Menopause (NASUWT)

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Webinar: Let’s Talk Menopause (CIPD)

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