Say menopause three times a day for em­pa­thy, chaps

Daily Mail - - Life - By Miles Dilworth

MAlE aca­demics have been told to say the word ‘menopause’ three times a day to show sol­i­dar­ity with fe­male col­leagues.

The Univer­sity of le­ices­ter says its staff should speak ‘can­didly and in­for­mally’ about the sub­ject.

One scholar has even or­gan­ised the monthly le­ices­ter Menopause Cafe, where male and fe­male col­leagues are en­cour­aged to dis­cuss the topic. Dr An­drea Davies, of the univer­sity’s School of Busi­ness, says she wants women to be able to con­fi­dently de­clare when they are hav­ing a hot flush.

She told the BBC: ‘We have been ar­gu­ing to avoid any clos­eted words or acronyms and just say menopause – preferably three times a day to make it un­re­mark­able. We set out that menopause should not be a women’s only is­sue.’

Dr Davies, 48, has also started a menopause road­show at the univer­sity and says work­places across Bri­tain ought to be more menopause-friendly.

She is the co-author of a 2017 De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­port on menopause tran­si­tion and eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion. She started hav­ing menopausal symp­toms aged 42, but did not recog­nise them at the time.

last year, the Univer­sity of le­ices­ter be­came the first in the UK to in­tro­duce its own pol­icy over the menopause. Sim­i­lar pro­grammes have since been adopted at the Univer­sity of Manch­ester, Sev­ern Trent Wa­ter and Nottingham­shire Po­lice.

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