Sophie Wessex supports campaign over ‘tragic’ impact of menopause

Sophie Wessex supports campaign over 'tragic' impact of menopause

> The Countess of Wessex joined the launch of the Menopause Workplace Pledge by health charity Wellbeing of Women, which is calling on all employers to sign up and support women going through the menopause.

The Countess of Wessex has highlighted the “tragic” impact that menopause can have on employees, adding that women aged 50-plus are “even more fabulous”.

Sophie, 56, joined the launch of the Menopause Workplace Pledge by health charity Wellbeing of Women, which is calling on all employers to sign up and support women going through the menopause.

An estimated 900,000 women in the UK have quit their jobs due to the menopause, with research showing many struggle to manage their symptoms at work.

In a roundtable event to launch the campaign, the Countess of Wessex, Royal Patron, and Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Chair, spoke about the impact that the menopause can have on women and encouraged all organisations across the country to sign the pledge to support affected employees.

Mother-of-two Sophie said: “Women having to leave the workplace because of the menopause is tragic. We are fabulous in our 40s, and we are even more fabulous in our 50s, 60s and 70s and we need to celebrate that and keep opportunities going for women.

The Countess, who became patron of Wellbeing of Women in May, has previously opened up about her own experience of the menopause, including brain fog and losing her train of thought on royal engagements.

She said at the time: “It’s like someone has just gone and taken your brain out for however long before they pop it back in again, and you try and pick up the pieces and carry on.”

Three in four women will experience menopause symptoms and one in four will experience severe symptoms, such as anxiety, brain fog, poor concentration, fatigue, hot flushes and irregular and heavy bleeding.

 “I hope that our audience will get behind this important campaign and together we can make a real difference – not just for women, but for our partners and future generations too.”

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