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Menopausal Symptoms Tied to Lower Work Performance

Women reporting more symptoms also had more chronic diseases, less exercise

stressed woman at the desk with her head down

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A higher number of self-reported menopausal symptoms is correlated with lower work performance, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in Menopause.

Keiko Hashimoto, from Tohoku University in Japan, and colleagues conducted an online survey of 599 working Japanese women (aged 45 to 65 years) to assess the relationship between menopause symptoms and work performance.

The researchers found that the mean Greene Climacteric Scale score and mean absolute presenteeism score were 10.5 and 61.7, respectively. The proportions of women who reported a lack of exercise, chronic diseases, and job-related stress were high among those with numerous menopausal symptoms. Absolute presenteeism was negatively correlated with the number of menopausal symptoms experienced, when adjusting for other factors.

"Both the maintenance of health and the provision of appropriate working environments could aid women in maintaining their work performance by improving menopausal symptoms," the authors write.

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