About two-thirds of North American postmenopausal women experience hot flashes, and an estimated 10–20% of postmenopausal women have severe hot flashes. Most flashes last between 30 seconds and five minutes. Approximately 25% of women who experience hot flashes and night sweats have them for more than five years.
An average of 27 million women between 45 and 64 years, which comprises 20% of the American workforce, are experiencing menopause each year. By 2018, nearly 31 million women in the menopausal age range will be employed. 80% of those 31 million employed women will experience menopausal symptoms.
Menopausal Symptoms at Work
So what goes on when a woman is having menopausal symptoms? They have hot flashes and insomnia. Women also experience headaches, loss of energy, anxiety attacks, brain fog, aches and pains, and dry skin and eyes. This translates to 20% of the workforce potentially being at work without enough sleep, sweating to death at their desks with intermittent headaches, no energy and an achy body.
An estimated 6,000 US women reach menopause every day. By the year 2020, the number of women who will be older than 55 is estimated to be 46 million.