Henpicked - Menopause in the Workplace & BMR Health and Wellbeing

BMR Health and Wellbeing

BMR Health and Wellbeing announced a partnership with Henpicked – Menopause in the Workplace (MIW), an organisation that support businesses to implement education to support menopausal women and help leaders have great conversations.

So why do we need to know more about the menopause?

Well, it effects 50 per cent of the population. Each woman will have a unique experience that will last for a different amount of time. It can start as early as twenty and the symptoms can vary. One in four women consider leaving work due to the menopause. Hence, education is key for both the employee and the employer.

First let us clarify the stages of menopause;

  • Perimenopause – This is the stage leading up menopause and can last for 4-8 years.
  • Menopause - this means the natural cessation of periods, often known as ‘the change.’ A woman achieves menopause when she has not had periods for twelve consecutive months. The following day is classed as the menopause.
  • Post menopause – this is the time after the menopause which lasts for the rest of your life.

Symptoms during perimenopause

Now this is the important bit as there are loads of myths, and many women go undiagnosed or diagnosed with depression.

Physical symptoms

  • Hot flushes experienced during the day or night (night sweats)
  • Changes to periods, increased or decreased flow, increase or decrease in frequency
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Aching joints
  • Itching
  • Changes to skin
  • Hair thinning


Psychological symptoms

  • Increased anxiety or worry
  • Lack of confidence and self esteem
  • Low or changing moods
  • Problems with memory recall
  • Brain fog
  • Heightened emotions
  • Decreased sex drive

There are many more symptoms that women can experience and the most important thing is to seek advice from your GP if you are struggling.

This blog is just a taster of the training and education BMR that are available, which will add more to your organisation’s wellbeing strategy to help all employees feel supported at all their life stages.

The ladies of BMR are all a certain age. How do we feel?

We are all busy mums who have always been active, exercised regularly and ate well. Suddenly, you sense a change, a brain fog, where even if you write your To Do List you may forget to do the things on it.

Your body does not feel like your own anymore and you start to worry that you are losing the plot.

However, with education we have gained from Henpicked- Menopause in the Workplace, we now have the knowledge to deal with this changing stage in life, supporting each other through the bad days.

You can book menopause training for employees, line managers, HR, Occupational health, business leaders and menopause champions online through the BMR Health and Wellbeing, starting your journey to become a certified menopause friendly employer.

To find out more, you can access Menopause Training Courses through www.bmrhealthandwellbeing.co.uk  or email lucy@bmrhealthandwellbeing.co.uk

As a Birmingham Chamber member, you receive a 20% discount on all bookings with the promo code MENO20