An online menopause clinic built for workplaces, loved by employees
Stella offers your employees personalised menopause care – at an affordable price. Get access to all treatment options, including hormone therapy (HRT), ongoing support and community through our menopause support app.
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Personalised treatment recommendations
Our research shows 90% of those with menopause symptoms struggle to get the help they need from their doctor. Stella offers an in-depth online assessment which recommends a personalised treatment plan based on medical history, symptoms, lifestyle and preferences. This includes clinician appointments and HRT if appropriate.
WHAT WE OFFER
Everything you need
Help your employees manage their menopause symptoms, including sleep issues, mood changes, weight gain and so much more. Stella can provide everything your people need, such as evidence-based information, personalised treatment plans and even clinical appointments and prescriptions, if it is right for them.
Online assessment for personalised menopause care
Personalised symptom plan through the Stella app
1:1 & group coaching
Menopause resources, articles & stories
Behavioural techniques & mindfulness
Supportive community & online events with experts
Online doctor’s appointments
HRT prescriptions if eligible, delivery in 3-5 days
Menopause training for managers / company-wide
Uptake success report
Dedicated Stella account manager
Access to onboarding materials
Better menopause care.
Better place to work.
Lack of sleep, anxious feelings and hot flushes are just a few of the 40+ menopause symptoms that can make your people feel less capable and focused. Many feel overwhelmed during menopause, resulting in resignations, sickness or passing up promotions. It doesn’t have to be this way. The Stella app offers support during menopause.
The impact of menopause on business
NEGATIVELY IMPACTED WHILE AT WORK
MISSED WORK UNEXPECTEDLY
RESIGNED FROM THEIR POSITION
WHAT EMPLOYEES SAY
“I just wasn’t as effective and couldn’t balance different things. I now have strategies to manage symptoms and struggle to remember life before Stella”
“Work is stressful and my symptoms haven’t helped. Stella helped me tackle things that I thought I’d have to put up with for life”
“Menopause knocked me for six just when I need to be at the top of my game. To feel supported has been invaluable in helping me cope at work”
Already have PRIVATE medical insurance?
Great! But does it include menopause specialist care? Menopause is complex with a combination of seven symptoms experienced on average. Stella has everything your people need at the lowest cost possible. Better care and support during menopause can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.
Stella and menopause in the workplace
How does menopause affect employees?
Many women rise into senior leadership positions in their 40s or 50s, just when perimenopause, the transition into menopause, generally occurs. Menopause symptoms start just as they might be stepping up and earning at their highest potential. It can feel like their body is betraying them.
Menopause is not something that happens in midlife, it can happen much earlier. Some can experience early menopause and induced or surgical menopause due to treatment.
There are more than 40 menopause symptoms that can be difficult to pinpoint, change all the time and are unique to each individual. They can be physical, such as hot flushes, joint pain, urinary incontinence and heavy periods. They can also be mental with anxiety, depression, bouts of low confidence and difficulty sleeping. Imagine 10 years of difficulty with sleeping? No one knows what to expect as menopause differs from person to person. But make no mistake, menopause symptoms are significant.
A day in the life of someone with menopause symptoms could involve dealing with a sudden hot flush, rushing to the loo to mop up sweat and boiling while everyone else is freezing. They might want to skip a meeting or send someone else because a wave of anxiety makes them feel overwhelmed. Or it could be they want to work from home because very heavy periods have made it virtually impossible to move far.
More than 50% are too scared to talk about menopause at work. Menopause has historically been a taboo topic spoken about in hushed tones – if at all. The symptoms are tough enough without having to manage them in secret.
How does menopause impact workforce retention and sickness?
A study by Vodafone found that 60% of women said menopause symptoms impacted their work. Another study in the UK found that 30% of women missed work because of menopause symptoms.
Menopause can negatively impact careers and 11% of women didn’t take up a promotion and 8% resigned because of menopausal symptoms.
What does it mean for your workplace? It means a significant loss of senior talent, difficulty increasing gender diversity, increased absenteeism and a loss of productivity. And yet, supportive treatment is comparatively cost-effective.
Representation matters and supporting senior employees to stay in your company means younger staff have inspirational role models.
How can you improve support for menopause at work?
While you are considering getting serious about menopause, there are some simple changes to the physical setup of offices, resetting expectations around work culture and updating health care policies that can make a difference.
Open-plan offices are a disaster for controlling the temperature and privacy when you’re having a hot flush or need a moment to regroup. Changing the entire floor plan overnight is a bit of an ask but a private break-out room, desk fans, period products in the loo and letting people move away from radiators or hot sun can help.
If there are uniforms at your workplace, use a thinner fabric, making it more breathable or even sweat-wicking can make a huge difference to comfort, as well as having a few extra around, if a quick change is required during the day.
Pretending the natural process of ageing doesn’t exist is a complete waste of time. Bring the discussion right into the workplace and include menopause within existing training on things like diversity and inclusion, anti-harassment, mental health or parental leave. Invite all genders and ages to understand menopause, so people can learn how to be supportive.
When symptoms are out of control, normalise staff asking for more frequent breaks or pausing while having a hot flush. Leniency from an office around scheduling or more frequent breaks will make a huge difference in retention.
Including menopause within the healthcare provision helps give the support and education needed to manage menopause without guilt, shame and embarrassment. Private healthcare is not enough on its own as someone with menopausal symptoms may need to see a gynaecologist, endocrinologist, pelvic floor physio or therapist – which can be complex and time-consuming. Stella has all the information and support needed on-demand and in one place.
What is Stella?
Stella is an online menopause clinic which offers lifestyle change support and medication to help manage symptoms. Our personalised menopause care is safe, effective and affordable. Our services are available exclusively to our partners.
We help people to:
- Understand their menopause stage and treatment options by answering questions about health and medical history, which takes just 15 minutes
- Talk to clinicians online and get treatment delivered within five working days. This could include hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and testosterone, if right for you
- Get access to long-term support through the Stella app. We offer a personalised lifestyle change plan, articles from clinicians and wellness experts, workouts, mindfulness tracks, virtual events and more!
- Feel motivated with encouragement from app-based coaches trained in psychology and menopause support
Why does menopause at
Stella CEO Andrea Berchowitz, explains the link between menopause in the workplace and gender equity for Ted Talks, Global Idea Search.