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What is the menopause?

The menopause is a natural and inevitable stage of a woman’s life that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years where women experience are range of symptoms which can be quite severe and have a significant impact on everyday activities.   

The following short video aims to provide further information about what the menopause is, the symptoms and where to go to for support or how to support those experiencing the menopause.


National menopause guidance for policing

This national guidance has been published by the College of Policing, in collaboration with the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), the Police Federation, Unison and the Menopause Action Group. 

The guidance offers support to women in the police service who are going through the menopause and addresses the potential impact of menopause transition on quality of working life, performance at work and highlights the benefits of supportive interventions and line management. Download your copy using the link below.

Go to guidance



Menopause action group (MAG)

Created in 2013, the menopause action group is responsible for setting and driving the local, regional and national direction and strategy for managing issues involving the menopause within the police service. Chaired by Chief Constable Lisa Winward, the purpose of this group is to share best practise and better understand the impact of the menopause in workplace environments.

There is also a MAG specific page on the UK policing knowledge hub that provides a forum to exchange ideas, as well as a library of documents including case studies.  If you work in UK policing and are not already, you can  sign up to the Knowledge Hub here.

Other menopause resources