DEAR DEIDRE: I’M afraid I’ll lose my job because of how moody and forgetful the menopause has made me.
I started a new office job two months ago but I’m not performing well.
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I’m 49 and peri-menopausal.
I seem to have every symptom – mood swings, hot flushes, insomnia. I feel so tired and anxious all the time, I snap at everyone.
The other day I was mean to a secretary and when my boss asked me to file a report, I felt so overwhelmed I was almost in tears.
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My doctor said I probably need HRT but she won’t prescribe it until I’ve had various tests and scans.
I’m at the end of my tether.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Research shows 900,000 women have quit their job because of the effects of the menopause.
The good news is companies are finally waking up to this issue and finding ways to support women better.
Please be honest with your boss and with HR. Push your GP for those tests and ask for HRT if suitable.
My Menopause support pack has lots of useful advice and sources of help.