Los Angeles (September 7, 2021)  --

WHAT:         The European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) has issued new global recommendations on how menopausal women should be treated in the workplace, calling the stage of life an important gender- and age-equality issue.

Worldwide, some 328 million working women are in or entering menopause, coping with symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep deprivation that can disrupt their professional lives and cause financial uncertainty. Recommendations include:

  • Increasing manager awareness that menopause is a medical condition that can be a problem for some women.
  • Addressing discrimination to prevent women from being marginalized or dismissed because of menopausal symptoms.
  • Collaborating to address workplace issues that affect menopausal women and offer support.

WHO: Chrisandra L. Shufelt, MD, MS, director of the Women's Hormone and Menopause Program at Cedars-Sinai and the only U.S.-based physician on the panel, is available to discuss the recommendations and offer advice for working women and their employers.

"This is a critical life stage when women are elevating their careers, taking on leadership positions," said Shufelt, also the inaugural Anita Dann Friedman Chair in Women's Cardiovascular Medicine and Research, and associate director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, "but the issue is rarely discussed. We treat menopause today the way we treated pregnancy 50 years ago."

WHERE: Cedars-Sinai can accommodate most virtual interview formats, including Zoom, Teams and FaceTime.