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Employers need to support employees impacted by HRT shortage

Peppy, the digital health platform is urging employers to be supportive of those employees who may be impacted by the UK’s shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products used to treat the symptoms of menopause. It warns that current supply issues have the potential to impact a large proportion of working women and those who were assigned female at birth.

For some employees, the shortage may mean a disruption to hormonal support as they have to cope without medication in the short term. For others it may mean switching to a different brand or form of administering the product, which could also have an impact on hormone stability. Others may need additional time during working hours to contact their GP or local pharmacies to track down and collect a prescription supply.

Kathy Abernethy, Director of Menopause Services at Peppy said: “Employers can start by acknowledging the problem and offer flexibility of hours to allow staff to speak to their medical practitioner and to find suitable HRT stocks, which may or may not be immediately local.”

Other steps employers can take:

  • Liaise with partner organisations such as private GPs to see if they have access to supplies e.g. through a pharmacy partner.
  • Understand that in the short term, staff may need extra adjustments to manage symptoms whilst HRT is unavailable to them.
  • Offer information and advice on the employer’s menopause resource page or employee benefits platform. This could include guidance on accessing information to deal with hormone fluctuations, as well as medical information on suitable switches that can then be discussed with a GP.

Kathy Abernethy continued: “MP Caroline Nokes, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee is absolutely right to have brought the matter to the attention of parliament this week. It is a serious issue that will undoubtedly affect the ability of many employees to sleep and work competently.

“Employees will really appreciate support from their employer during this supply issue but it’s important that employers are proactive on this matter do not simply wait for staff to approach them.”

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For further information please contact: Sharon Mason SMUK Marketing and PR [email protected] Mob:07747 611773 Land:01252 843350 Notes to editors Peppy provides fertility support to employees of a number of companies, including Clifford Chance, Wickes, Mace, Edelman and Gerald Eve. Press Kit: Peppy Press Kit About Peppy Peppy is a digital health app that is pioneering health support for employees, serving under-served areas of healthcare. These include family and reproductive health – trying to start a family, becoming a parent and going through the menopause – and a first-of-its-kind men’s health service. When an employer gives its people Peppy, it gives them unlimited access to experienced practitioners over live chat, live events and live virtual consultations, ensuring they have access to the information, answers and personalised support they need, tailored to their individual circumstances. Over 250 leading UK employers and over 800,000 employees have access to life-changing support with Peppy, including Clifford Chance, Marsh McLennan, Santander, the University of Sheffield and Wickes.

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