Now more than ever before, women are competing more heavily with men in the job market. What is the link between hormones and job performance?
Women and their doctors have long known that Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT can help women deal with the more physical aspects of menopause. However, we are now gaining a deeper understanding of how fluctuating hormones as women approach and enter the menopausal years can negatively impact job performance, and how HRT can help.
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Your Job Performance
First let’s take a closer look at menopause, and its impact on a woman’s body. Basically, menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing eggs. This leads to significant drops in hormone production.
A woman technically enters “menopause” when it has been a year since her last menstrual cycle. But, women can face issues with declining hormones long before that. The condition of “perimenopause” occurs when a woman is experiencing typical “menopausal symptoms,” such as mood swings and hot flashes, but she may still be having her period.
Most women, and even their male partners, have a very clear understanding of how the most debilitating physical, emotional, and sexual symptoms of menopause can affect their home lives. The impact on work life, may be a little less clear, but no less severe.
First of all, the hot flashes and night sweats can of course cause a woman to get less than optimal sleep. No matter what kind of work you do, sleep deprivation significantly impairs job performance. Also, those “physical symptoms,” can lead to more time lost at work in sick days. But, beyond that, the hormonal changes that come with menopause can severely impact a woman’s focus, concentration, and self-esteem, which can be devastating on women that are in high-profile, or highly competitive positions.
In fact, studies have found that 50% of all women have had “difficulties” at work due to menopausal symptoms, and 10% of women have actually had to leave their jobs because of symptoms!
How HRT Can Help You Perform Better
If you are a woman close to or in menopause, and are having physical or emotional symptoms that are negatively impacting your job performance, you may benefit from hormone therapy.
Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) is still the safest and most effective way we have to treat the most debilitating symptoms of menopause, such a hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and sexual wellness issues.
However, BHRT can also improve focus, concentration and eliminate or reduce the “foggy thinking” that often accompanies menopause. BHRT can also improve sleep, and improve your energy level overall, so that you will be less fatigued, and able to achieve peak performance in both your work life and home life.
BHRT also has many other benefits, including reducing the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Today, we know that for most women, these benefits of HRT usually outweigh any risks.
With that in mind however, it is extremely important that you work with, and seek your hormone treatments only from well-qualified and experienced medical professionals who are up on the latest studies about BHRT.
They should also understand the concepts of bringing all of your hormones back to the right balance for your individual needs and goals.