#WorldMenopauseAwarenessDay - It Does Matter
18th October is the #WorldMenopauseDay and we at Royal Cleaning believe that it is about time to include this topic in our daily conversations because it shouldn’t be a taboo or something that women around the world - our colleges, friends, sisters, mothers or loved ones - to be ashamed of.
Menopause is the time when women’s menstrual periods stop permanently and they can no longer get pregnant and have kids on their own.
During and after the menopause, women’s bodies make much less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The lows of estrogen levels can affect a woman’s health and may cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms.
Fortunately, women today have many ways to protect their health and relieve troublesome sensations.
What is important to remember is that menopause is a normal part of every woman’s life.
Menopause does not happen all at once - the body transitions happen over several years, but sometimes its symptoms may start before the transition itself.
The average age for menopause in the UK is the time after women’s 52nd birthday.
During the transition to menopause, the change in hormones levels can be the reason behind a variety of obnoxious symproms that a woman can experience.
Although their intensity may vary, the sooner she pays her doctor or nurse a visit, the easier the process will be. Medicines and other treatments can help relieve the symptoms and if she starts early - even to avoid them altogether.
As in any other health condition - prevention is the best shot we can get - so don’t postpone visiting your doctor until it’s already too late to start a sparingly, harmless to the general health treatment. If you pay attention to the general condition of your mind and body, the treatment can even be all-natural and unharmful.
That’s why it is vital to spread this brief message to every woman - #KnowYourMenoupase - you are not alone and there’s nothing to be ashamed of!
Learn which are the Menopause Symptoms and don’t lessen them
It is good to know and observe your body so watch out for the most common menopause symptoms which almost each and every woman around the globe experiences during this life-changing but perfectly normal period.
Those can include but are not limited to:
- Hot & Cold Flashes - the most common menopause symptom. Three out of four women experience them. Some women begin having hot flashes even before menopause when they are still getting their period regularly.
- Vaginal Problems and Infections - such as vaginal dryness, may occur or get worse in the time around menopause. A woman’s vaginal tissue may get drier and thinner because of lowering levels of the hormone estrogen during this period. This can cause itching, burning, pain or general discomfort. It can turn even sex into a painful and unpleasant experience and oncrease the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs or STDs).
- Irregular Periods or Unexpected Bleeding - Women’s periods may come more or less often and with different intensity. Periods during this period may last more or fewer days, and to be lighter or heavier or even to stop at once. Still, missing a few of her periods when she’s not pregnant does not always mean that a woman is in perimenopause or transitioning to menopause.
It’s World Menopause Day today. We can’t pretend to know what you’re going through, but we can try to show you we care. @allontheboard #Menopause #WorldMenopauseDay #Menopausal #WomensHealth #WomensMentalHealth #Women #allonthboard pic.twitter.com/qezMG0kAve— All on the board (@allontheboard) October 18, 2019
- Sleeping Problems - Many menopausal women find it hard to sleep through the night. The reason is that the low levels of progesterone can make it really hard to fall and stay asleep. On top of that, the low estrogen levels can cause night sweats and hot or cold flashes during the night as well. Many women in their menopause experience urinary symptoms that make them wake up several times during sleep to urinate. So it’s perfectly normal that they may also feel more tired than usual during the (work)day.
- Memory problems - This symptom does not occur only when you’re growing much older and can be seen in menopausal women as well. They might have trouble focusing or become forgetful. Nearly two-thirds of women going through perimenopause say they’ve experienced those symptoms. Memory problems are usually not linked to the levels of the hormone estrogen but to depression and loss of sleep. After all, this is indeed a severe body transition, so it’s only fair for the rest of us to be compassionate, sympathetic and understanding.
- Urinary or Bladder Problems - can be among the unpleasant symptoms as well especially if the woman used to experience those before the menopause. The ones to be blamed are again the lower estrogen levels which may weaken the urethra. Some women have to deal with urinary urge incontinence. Urinary stress incontinence is common as well and may cause the urine to leak out when a woman sneezes, coughs, or laughs.
@LondonFire HQ for the #WorldMenopauseDay a full day of awareness for all staff so we can gain a better understanding to be able to support our female colleagues to #KnowYourMenopause pic.twitter.com/KExveqdoQj— LFBTowerHamlets (@LFBTowerHamlets) October 18, 2019
- Mood changes - are quite often as well because of the hormonal change and imbalance during menopause, which naturally causes stress not only to the body but to the mind as well. Menopausal women can frequently feel irritable or have crying spells without any visible reason. If a woman has experienced mood changes with her monthly periods or depression after giving birth, it is far more likely for her to have mood changes during menopause, too.
- Depression and Anxiety - unfortunately become more and more common in the nowadays society, hopefully, the stigma surrounding them will indeed decrease further with time. Those conditions are often experienced by menopausal women as well. Again if they were prone to having them before or on their period - those oppressing feelings may come back and can even be much stronger because of the hormonal imbalance during menopause. If this happens to you or any other woman in your surroundings it’s mandatory to seek help as soon as possible. Those conditions should never be underestimated.
- Sex may become an Unpleasant Burden - or even terrible and terrifying experience. The majority of women feel less interested in sex during their menopause and many of them feel discomfort or pain.
Create an open and inclusive environment that supports staff experiencing the menopause with this guidance from @NHSEmployers. It includes tips for adapting your workplace temperature and increasing flexible working hours. #WorldMenopauseDay #OurNHSPeople https://t.co/qshukE9MFh pic.twitter.com/9uEmN1SFf2— NHS Improvement (@NHSImprovement) October 18, 2019
Symptoms listed above can be only a small but significant part of your menopause. Sometimes this period in women’s life does not cause any unpleasant sensations and some menopausal women are even feeling better than before so don’t be terrified just yet.
Still if you’re suffering from any of the symptoms above, immediately book an appointment with your doctor, nurse or gynaecologist. Don’t forget about the physical examinations and remember - the sooner a woman knows her menopause and takes care of her general well-being, the better.
In the next paragraph we will once again highlight the most important things about the menopause that should be known by anyone.
- Menopause is a totally normal and natural biological process in the lifetime of each and every woman, which marks the end of her menstrual cycles.
- It's diagnosed after a woman hasn’t got her menstrual period for at least 12 months.
- Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age in the UK is 52.
- The physical symptoms during this life-changing (for each and every woman) period, often include hot or cold flashes, sleep problems, urinary or vaginal infections, and emotional symptoms such as mood swings, depression and anxiety. Menopause can lower a woman’s energy during the day, cause memory problems, absence of mind or affect her emotional health in general.
- There are many effective treatments available, which vary from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.
- The sooner the woman visits her doctor - the better (this piece of advice is valid for each person and every other condition as well).
- Prevention during this period is a must in order to avoid or at least relieve all of the possible, unpleasant sensations.
A few words of Gratitude
According to the National Health Service (NHS) there are over 3.5 million women over 50 in the workplace. Three of four out of them experience the symptoms of menopause.
This is among the many reasons why all of us at Royal Cleaning want to say
Thank You to all tremendous women in our team with whom we have the pleasure to work with.
Thank you, ladies, for your professionalism and for the tremendous job you do.
This year the London Fire Brigade in Tower Hamlets organized an all-day-long event in order to raise awareness about the topic concerned to be a taboo even in nowadays modern society - so all of us to have the chance to gain a better understanding and to be able to support our female colleagues.
Today Channel 4 announced that it is launching its first menopause policy which will support employees experiencing menopausal symptoms by giving women access to flexible working arrangements and paid leave if they feel unwell because of the side-effects of the menopause.
According to research from the human resource company Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 59% of women in the workplace who experience menopausal symptoms say they have a negative impact on their work in general and they feel ashamed to admit this in front of their employers.
So Channel 4 stated that today to become the first known among UK media companies, which came up with a strategy in order to support its female colleagues of all ages.
The broadcaster said that by doing this, Channel 4 is hoping to end the stigma around the menopause by encouraging a better understanding of it among the staff and the managers.
We at Royal Cleaning are happy to announce that we fully support this statement and we’re eager to provide the best possible environment for our female colleagues who struggle because of the effect of menopausal symptoms.
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