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Members of the public are being asked about their awareness of the symptoms of the menopause.

Menopause in workplace survey launched – and men are urged to take it too

A survey looking at awareness of the menopause in the workplace has been launched in Hull.

It is hoped the online survey will be carried out in workplaces across the city, with results used to help form policy by employers.

Questions ask about awareness of the symptoms of the menopause, their impact and how people might support someone affected by them.

The survey is aimed at women who are a long way from the menopause, who are about to go through it, are going through it now or have already been through it.

It is also aimed at men.

Councillor Gwen Lunn, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for Public Health, said: “Around half of the workforce will personally experience the menopause. The other half will live or work with women who will, at some point, go through the menopause. This is a survey for everyone.

“This research will help us to understand the effects of the menopause on women, to raise awareness of the different symptoms that many women experience and to understand how local employers can better support their staff at work.

“This, in turn, will help local employers to create a more supportive working environment, enabling them to better manage and even reduce levels of potentially avoidable sickness absence due to the symptoms of the menopause.”

“If this survey proves successful, we may look to undertake further workforce research into other issues that affect local working people. In this survey, there is a space for people to tell us what other workplace issues we might explore in the future.”

The survey is being conducted on behalf of the Workforce Health and Wellbeing Forum, a partnership of organisations including the local authority.

Take the survey here.

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Hull’s Director of Public Health, Julia Weldon.