Managing Menopause on a Global Mobility Programme

September 2023
Participating in a global mobility programme is a fantastic opportunity for personal development and learning at any stage of life. If you are currently partaking in or considering such a program, you can still make the most of this opportunity while managing menopause.  Here is some valuable advice to help boost self-confidence and empower yourself during this phase of life.  
Research shows that 86% of employees are not comfortable telling their employer that they took time off due to menopause-related symptoms. Menopause can significantly impact your performance at work. Therefore, it’s crucial to initiate an open discussion with your management team while participating in a global mobility program.
The global female population is over 4 billion and is the fastest-growing workforce demographic in the world, with many women working during the years they are impacted by menopause the most. It’s safe to say you are not alone in your experience. Global mobility programs are usually offered by large organizations with fantastic support in place for their employees, so don’t be afraid to reach out.
Many companies today provide support systems that cater to the specific needs of women going through menopause. These may include flexible working arrangements, access to healthcare resources, and promotion of an inclusive workplace culture. Without enquiring about the support systems available to you, you may never know they are there. 
Health care is different in every country, depending on your location you may additionally have challenges in accessing healthcare services specific to menopause, so it’s important to do your research when moving. Even if your symptoms are mild, menopause can last for a number of years. This is why it’s vital to have access to an experienced doctor that can help support you.
Outside of work, consider implementing your own self-coping strategies to help support your physical and emotional health. This could be as simple as getting a full night’s rest, making time for a daily walk in nature or spending time on an activity you enjoy. Supporting yourself as much as possible will ensure you have a positive experience working abroad. 
When relocating for work, you won’t have your usual support network around you. Therefore, it’s important to seek out a network in your new location. Consider looking for groups of other expats also experiencing menopause. Finding like-minded individuals to have honest discussions about your experience can provide invaluable support on this journey. 
Having international health insurance during a global mobility program is essential for women experiencing menopause.  It ensures you always have access to necessary healthcare services and provides financial protection against unforeseen medical expenses. This peace of mind allows you to navigate this phase of life with confidence and support. With international coverage we also offer our Expat Assistance Program, providing you access to support 24/7, 365 days a year.  Get your quote with Allianz Partners today.