Menopause & How It Affects the Workplace

From the Show: HER
Summary: How does menopause affect the workplace?
Air Date: 2/25/16
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Heidi Houston, Executive Producer of Hot Flash Havoc
Heidi HoustonHeidi Houston is a force to be reckoned with... that is if you can catch her as she speeds past you on her way to a movie premiere; the closing of a multi-million dollar real estate deal or visiting her sons in Denver or San Francisco.

As the Executive Producer (and co producer) of Hot Flash Havoc, a film of menopausal proportions, Heidi was challenged to make an entertaining, engaging and enlightening film about menopause, yet funny while highly personal documentary about menopause, perimenopause and hormone treatments. Having never been someone to let an opportunity go by or any stone unturned Heidi began tossing even the smallest pebbles over to make a feature-length documentary about a subject that no one seems to understand. Her challenge was even bigger as she raised the funds for this film without any pharmaceutical companies and privately financed it through investors who believed in women’s quality of life into their 80’s on onward.

While Heidi enjoys spending time riding her horses near her Aspen, Colorado home, she has never been very good at “holding her horses” and this “no horse held” attitude is noticeable in all aspects of her life including her approach to distributing Hot Flash Havoc.

Menopause & How It Affects the Workplace
Menopause usually occurs between ages 45 and 58, a time when many working women are at the height of their careers.

Unfortunately, this stage of life can have a significant effect on a woman's workplace.

Hot flashes, insomnia, lack of concentration and forgetfulness are the typical symptoms women must deal with. But, there are other symptoms that women may be battling in the workplace.

Menopause can inadvertently cause stress and strained relationships at work.

Executive Producer of Hot Flash Havoc, Heidi Houston, discusses the challenges menopause can present at work.