Dr Rebecca Lewis talks Menopause at Metro Bank Headquarters

Published: 28th November 2019

Dr Rebecca Lewis, one of the specialist menopause GPs here at Newson Health, recently visited the Metro bank headquarters to talk to staff about the effects of menopause in the workplace. 

The event was well attended by staff as well as five board members, who spoke frankly about their own menopause experience and how it had affected them and their partners. Hearing individuals' personal stories was so beneficial to the staff members and will do wonders when it comes to breaking the taboo of discussing menopause at work.

Many who attended were not aware how severe some women's symptoms can be - symptoms including low mood, increased anxiety, poor concentration, memory loss and lack of sleep. Trying to work with these symptoms can be impossible for some women and this was reflected in our recent survey which showed 51% of respondents taking time off work (19% for more than 8 weeks) and 51% reducing their hours. These statistics show there is a huge economic loss to not only the individual but to the employer.

Dr Lewis and the staff also talked about successful solutions for symptomatic women by discussing HRT, changes in the workplace environment, increased awareness for staff and managers and greater flexibility in working hours.

If you'd like more advice on how to handle menopause in the workplace, click here to read this helpful booklet written by Dr Louise Newson and the team at Newson Health. 

Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Lymm, Cheshire.

A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.

The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.

The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit www.themenopausecharity.org.

‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at www.balance-app.com.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at https://www.fourteenfish.com/menopause/subscribe

The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at www.newsonhealth.co.uk/resources/menopause-manual.