The Cost of Menopause for Women in the Workplace

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A 2023 study by the Mayo Clinic highlights the economic price of menopause for women in the workplace. Menopause symptoms can impact work attendance, productivity, and opportunities for advancement. Of the women surveyed, 13% noted that menopause symptoms negatively impacted productivity and 11% noted that menopause symptoms caused them to miss days of work.

“Menopause-related symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, sleep disturbances, joint aches and cognitive difficulties damage the quality of life for millions of women. They also can adversely affect women in the workplace. A newly published Mayo Clinic study puts numbers on that cost: an estimated $1.8 billion in lost work time per year and $26.6 billion annually when medical expenses are added, in the U.S. alone.”

Note: the majority of women in this study were white, married, and/or had a college education or higher.