Should employers put policies in place to help staff going through menopause?

Women are being signed off with depression, anxiety, migraines, and they don’t realise it’s related to the menopause.

– Dr Louise Newson

The symptoms of menopause can severely affect a woman’s life, however 70% don’t tell their employers about their suffering.

Dr Louise Newson joined us in the studio to discuss the effects menopause can have on women in the workplace, and whether more should be done to help.

Ulrika's menopause struggle: 'I felt like I was going into a dark episode'

Ulrika Jonsson opened up to Lorraine about her struggle going through the early stages of menopause.

Ulrika spoke about her shock at starting the menopause at a younger age than she was expecting, "At that stage I was 46, and I thought that this was my time to have my body back after having four children, this is going to be my time. No, God had other plans.”

The presenter also opened up about how much menopause affected both her physical and mental health, "I had the most unimaginable anxiety, that i've not known before."

Watch Ulrika's full interview above

Nadiya Hussain opens up about her panic disorder battle

2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has opened up to Lorraine about her struggle with panic disorder.

“I don’t know when it started, but I know it started really early,” Nadiya explained. “I don’t remember ever feeling any differently to how I feel now. I describe it as my monster. It’s the only way I can describe it and explain it to my children.”

Nadiya spoke passionately about the importance of talking about mental health issues, as well as reflecting on the amazing support she has received from her husband.

Watch Nadiya’s full interview above