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's Jane Moore says that employers shouldn't offer leave for symptoms of menopause because it could 'damage women in the workplace'.
Appearing on the ITV show today, host Jane, 58, debated fellow presenters Brenda Edwards and Penny Lancaster about whether women should be given time off for symptoms of their menopause.
It comes after Mayor of Londonannounced he wants to implement a 'menopause policy' at City Hall to support employees.
While Jane and Brenda were against the idea, believing it would ultimately set women back in the workplace - viewers said that symptoms can be 'physically and mentally debilitating'.
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There are signs attitudes to this life phase are shifting, but when did we start viewing it so negatively? A survival advantageMattern’s research shows menopause isn’t a by-product of our longer lives. “It’s a common misconception that women used to die shortly before or after going through it, and that it’s just an accident of our modern life spans that women now live on after menopause,” she said. © Hearst Owned menopause “Average life expectancy was certainly shorter among our early ancestors but that was because infant mortality was so high.
When asked whether she thought women should be allowed menopause leave, Jane said: 'If you have severe symptoms, yes.
'But I think if you apply the umbrella sentiment to, periods, pregnancy, menopause, natural things in a women's life, if you impose the umbrella sentiment that they're going to be a huge issue, I think it will damage women in the workplace.
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'We need to speak to our mothers and other female family members, talking to our friends openly and without shame,' says Chinazo Ufodiama, creator and co-host of Unpretty Podcast.At 61 years old, I was pretty confident that my mother must have been through menopause or in fact was currently going through it. I was mistaken. According to the NHS, the average age for women to reach menopause is 51 but for my mother, it came when she was 45. Menopause, for her, was actually a welcome relief after almost 18 months of suffering from uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths in the womb.
'But if you have serious symptoms within those natural life events then absolutely you should be able to got to your boss and say, "I need some time off because I don't feel well", like any illness.
'But I don't think there should be this blanket "Women need extra time when they go through the menopause", because some women don't have any issue with it and carry on perfectly normally.'
Brenda, 52, agreed that while she suffers from symptoms herself, she's an 'open person' and will happily discuss any additional needs she may have in the workplace.
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Because perimenopause and menopause symptoms can be very similar , so we asked Dr Khan, a consultant gynaecologist, to share the signs perimenopause is ending Menopause can last longer than most people think, with the two stages of menopause transition (perimenopause and menopause itself) often spanning more than a decade. It's important to note the difference between the two. Perimenopause is when oestrogen production in the ovaries begins to slow (often in our 40s), while menopause sees the ovaries stop releasing eggs (usually in our early 50s).
She went on: 'I know it can be debilitating for so many women, but as Jane says, I think we have come so far in women's equality within work - I just don't think it's necessary to highlight another thing.'
But Penny, 50, argued it's 'important to highlight' the issues women experience during menopause, including mental health issues.
Jane went on to argue that women should be able to talk about their health, but that it could be 'problematic' for small businesses to allow women to have days off for their menopause symptoms.
Viewers quickly took to Twitter to share their views, with one writing: 'Severe symptoms should be accepted as a reason for time off sick'.
Another said: 'Think it would be helpful to have the option as some of the symptoms can be quite debilitating both physically and mentally.
A third agreed: 'I think the offer should be there for extreme symptoms (anything unmanageable) I think the same of period symptoms too- as some are simply unbearable, making you useless for work but unless you've experienced that it's difficult to understand.'
Another wrote: 'I think the offer should be there for extreme symptoms (anything unmanageable) I think the same of period symptoms too- as some are simply unbearable, making you useless for work but unless you’ve experienced that it’s difficult to understand.'
HRT charges in England are deeply unfair and a new bill is rightly calling for prescriptions to be free .
Women aren’t past their best once they stop having periods, and the prescription fee for HRT is a punitive tax on women , for simply being women. Dr Philippa Kaye is a GP and the author of ‘The M Word: Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause’ (VIE books, £9.