Nearly two thirds of employers get average menopause age wrong, highlighting need for education

by | Oct 8, 2022

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In the UK, the average age for women to reach menopause is 51. More broadly speaking, perimenopause and menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 as a woman’s oestrogen levels drop, but even when considering this wider age bracket, nearly two thirds (63%), of employers get the average age of menopause wrong, according to new research1 from digital health app Peppy:

  • 58% of employers believe menopause occurs under the age of 45
  • 5% believe it occurs from the age of 56 onwards
  • Just 37% correctly said between the age of 45 and 55

Kathy Abernethy, Director of Menopause Services, Peppy said: “It’s true that menopause can occur at an age much younger than 51 but in general it is from age 45 onwards when people are most likely to experience symptoms. Employers do not need to be expert in everything menopause – particularly if they outsource the majority of the complex support to a specialist provider – however, on a day-to-day basis, employers do need to be aware of which individual members of staff might need support so they can point them in the direction of the help they need. 

“Employers have to get to grips with such a wide range of issues, they cannot be blamed for this lack of understanding. However, getting the age of menopause wrong may highlight a broader lack of knowledge about this life stage as a whole. 

“There are very specific challenges that can be associated with the menopause, and these challenges need to be met with specialist support. These findings highlight just how much education is needed on the basics before we can expect employers to appreciate the depth and breadth of the issue and how to support those that need it.

“Employers need to be doing all they can do improve the working lives of those affected by menopause. It’s not just in the interest of individual members of staff, the positive impact of menopause support can be felt right across an organisation, including the recruitment and retention of key demographics of staff.”

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