According to a survey, one in 10 women who worked during menopause quit their job because of their symptoms.
The survey of over 4,000 UK women aged 45-55, who are currently or have experienced perimenopause or menopause, also found that 14% of women had reduced working hours, 14% were part-time and 8% had not applied for a promotion.
The research was supported by the Fawcett Society, which produced a report titled Menopause And The Workplace.
It follows reports that the government is committed to addressing shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs – used to combat symptoms of menopause – which leave some women feeling suicidal.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced in April that he would be appoint an HRT Tsar contribute to improving the offer in the short and long term.
Recent figures suggest the number of HRT prescriptions in the UK has doubled in the last five years, but stocks are low.
Women would now be share their prescriptionssome would have been made suicidal by the debilitating symptoms of menopause they suffer without the drug.
Meanwhile, the report found that 45% of women surveyed said they had not spoken to anyone in their doctor’s office about menopause, and even among women with five or more serious symptoms, 29% had not spoken to their GP or a nurse.
Some 31% of women surveyed agreed that it took many appointments with their GP to realize they were going through menopause or perimenopause, with this figure rising to 45% among women from diverse ethnic backgrounds and 42% in women with five or more severe symptoms.
Only 39% of women who spoke to a GP or nurse said they had been offered HRT once they had been diagnosed with menopause.
Fawcett Society chief executive Jemima Olchawski said: ‘Menopausal women are living in unnecessary misery and it’s a national outrage.
“From waiting too long for the right care to uniforms causing unnecessary discomfort – women are very disappointed.
“Too often the symptoms of menopause have been taken as a joke and HRT has been branded as a lifestyle drug. But with 44% of women experiencing three or more severe symptoms, our research helps dispel that nonsense.
“Faced with this misinformation, is it any wonder that only half of women seek help from their GP? »
She added: “The government needs to make urgent changes, from requiring employers to have menopause action plans, to creating a pathway to menopause healthcare, by through ensuring that GPs are properly trained to detect menopausal symptoms.
“For too long menopause has been shrouded in stigma, we need to break the culture of silence and ensure post menopausal women are treated with the dignity and support they deserve instead of expecting they continue. »
The results of the survey will appear in a Channel 4 documentary titled Davina McCall: Sex, Mind And The Menopause at 9pm on Monday.