We have gathered some menopause-related resources you might find helpful, from learning more about what menopause is, to finding peer support in your area, to understanding your rights in the workplace.
We have assembled a guide for anyone looking for menopause-related support and resources in Nottingham and beyond. It includes peer support and advice groups, local menopause-related poetry and literature, support from national organisations, and more.
Learning more about the menopause
- If you are struggling with symptoms of menopause or experiencing them before you are 45 years old, make an appointment to discuss this with your GP.
- If you’d like to join the conversation about menopause online and connect with likeminded people, check out the hashtag #MakeMenopauseMatter on social media.
- Menopause Support is a great place to access information and peer support.
- Journal article: Autistic women breaking the silence on menopause
- Meg Matthews’ website includes her personal menopause story as well as interesting articles and toolkits.
- Meg Matthews’ article on transgender menopause is also worth a read.
Knowing your workplace rights
- Our page for employees will give you some more information about your rights in the workplace when it comes to the menopause.
- If you feel that your workplace is not adequately supporting you, a workplace union can help support and advise you. If you’re not sure which union is right for you, or you just want to find out more information, you might find TUC’s resources useful.
- You can find more information on the Menopause in the Workplace website.
- The TUC toolkit for menopause in the workplace is useful, and includes guidance on page 12 about how the menopause can affect different people including transgender people.
- You might be interested in this information on Menopause Cafes.
- ‘The Menopause at Work: A Practical Guide for People Managers’ by CIPD is great for anyone in a line management role who would like to better support their colleagues, as is this online training from Menopause in the Workplace.
Supporting your physical and mental health
The below is advice taken from our full Menopause in the Workplace report.
- Reach out for help from your GP, and/or from a specialist Menopause Advisor or peer support group – you can find one using our resources above.
- Eat well and stay hydrated.
- Establish a routine which works for you.
- Keep moving with regular exercise. We regularly offer free exercise classes – keep an eye on our ‘what’s on’ page to find out more.
- Practise good sleep hygiene.
- Give yourself a break – and regularly!
Want to talk about it?
Here at Nottingham Women’s Centre we offer affordable counselling options to give you the space to talk about the things that are important to you.
After identifying the impact of the menopause amongst our service users, we spoke to women across Nottinghamshire and created our Menopause in the Workplace report, which displays all of the findings from our surveys, focus groups and email interviews with local women. We published this report during the pandemic so some of it relates to Covid-19, but much of it is still, unfortunately, just as relevant today.