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7 Ways to Succeed at Work When Going Through Menopause

By Kerry Weiss
January 21, 2022

If you’ve experienced them, you know that the symptoms of menopause can disrupt your day-to-day life—including your work.

“Obviously hot flashes are a very common symptom,” says Mache Seibel, M.D., a physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, in Boston, and the author of the upcoming book Working Through Menopause: Its Impact on Women, Businesses and the Bottom Line. “It could also be a sensitive bladder, where you're in a meeting and you’ve got to get to the bathroom.”

But, Seibel says, work disruptions could present themselves more subtly. “It could be that you're trying to recall a co-worker’s name, but you have brain fog. And it could be that you are trying to prepare for something, but you can't sleep, so you're tired,” he says. “It could be that all of these symptoms together, plus others, are making you feel not so great about yourself at work. And that makes it hard to get the job done.”