Half of workplaces failing to accommodate women suffering with hormonal conditions, says research

Hormonal symptoms related to menstruation and the menopause can severely impact a woman’s career, but workplaces are lacking in inclusive features.

by Éilis Cronin

The modern office can be a difficult place to be for a woman experiencing hormonal symptoms. According to research from inclusive design company Motionspot, half of workplaces lack the features needed to manage the pain and discomfort of such conditions.

The company, which surveyed 2,000 office workers who experience hormonal conditions, such as the menopause, found that 48% of respondents do not have access to the feature they identify as most useful to manage their pain and discomfort at work. The most common unavailable features are a place to lie down (78%), a hot bath and shower (both 66%) and a dark or dimly lit space (60%).

Other hormonal conditions are also not catered for in the workplace. While menopause was reported to be the main cause of hormonal discomfort by 35% of respondents, for 53% conditions associated with menstruation have the greatest impact. These include PMS (premenstrual syndrome) (19%), PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) (6%), endometriosis and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) (both 5%), pregnancy (4%), miscarriage and breast-feeding/expressing (both 3%), and IVF (in vitro fertilisation) (2%).

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here

Email: mtsupport@haymarket.com

Call: 020 8267 8121



  • Up to 3 free articles every 90 days
  • Free email bulletins

Register Now

Take a free trial

Get 30 days unrestricted access to:

  • All the latest news, trends, and developments.
  • Exclusive interviews with CEOs and thought-leaders
  • MT Classroom - giving you an academic grounding without expensive courses
  • Management Matters and other in-depth content.
  • Daily bulletins straight to your inbox

Take a free trial today