The menopausal transition is a natural period in almost every woman’s life when the hormone balance changes drastically. Some women go through this phase of life virtually symptom-free, while for others this period can be accompanied by serious physical and psychological complaints. It is striking that the impact of the menopausal transition on women’s well-being and labour participation seems to be little discussed. In addition, there is still too little knowledge of the increased risk of common conditions such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and diabetes after menopause, which seriously hinders the development of preventive strategies.
The MenoPause Consortium aims to achieve the healthiest possible menopausal transition for every woman while maintaining optimal participation in social life during menopause, and beyond. In the MenoPause consortium, clinicians, researchers, occupational physicians and other stakeholders work together to better identify the adverse effects of the menopausal transition and develop strategies to prevent these adverse effects. The emphasis here is on an individual approach. Why do some women experience symptoms while others do not? How can we prevent those symptoms through lifestyle advice or hormone therapy, for example? What are the long-term health risks for an individual, and how can we reduce them? All this with the aim of ensuring that women can continue to participate optimally in society during the menopausal transition.