In February menopause cafes were launched as a meeting once every month giving colleagues a place to meet in an informal, social setting to allow male and female colleagues to discuss the menopause over a drink.Dr Davies said the cafes allow women and men to feel more confident about discussing the menopause.She said: “People share tips on how they are managing menopause symptoms at work and at home.”A recent share I really liked was to have a menopause book on the work desk. This is a place to write lists and say how her menopause was today.”She wrote things herself but also encouraged her work colleagues to do the same. This has really helped her not to forget things – that can happen – if you experience intermittent forgetfulness, or what we call menopause brain fog.” Male academics should say the word ‘menopause’ at least three times a day in solidarity with their female colleagues, according to a fellow scholar. Staff at the University of Leicester are being encouraged to open up and talk about the taboo subject in a bid to normalise conversation on the topic.Dr Andrea Davies, from the university’s School of Business, has argued that all staff should be able to talk about menopause openly and without embarrassment and that saying the word three times a day would help.In a bid to open up the conversation she has organised the monthly Leicester Menopause Café, where male and female colleagues are encouraged to come together and chat about the middle-aged phenomena.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”We have been arguing to avoid any closeted words or acronyms and just say menopause – preferably three times a day to make it unremarkable”, she said.“We set out that menopause should not be a women’s only issue.” Dr Davies has also launched a menopause roadshow at the university and says workplaces need to become more menopause-friendly.Since trying to promote the conversation on menopause Dr Davies said male colleagues were “keen to know more to support their family and female colleagues.” There are around 4.3 million working women aged 50 or over – the biggest increase in employment rates since 1994.The menopause occurs at the age of 51 years on average, so many women now undergo the change at work.On average, most symptoms last about four years from the last period.However, about one in every 10 women experiences them for up to 12 years.A report by the Government Equalities Office released in 2017 recommended that employers provide desk fans to help menopausal women manage their symptoms.They should also provide cold water fountains, places to rest, special absence policies and ensure uniforms are made from non-synthetic materials. In the workplace symptoms which can be experienced include headaches, hot flushes, depression and excessive tiredness. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She added: “Confidence to talk about menopause is growing. We are removing the taboo – menopause is visible and in the everyday.”Last year, the university became the first in the UK to introduce a menopause policy.Similar schemes have since been rolled out at the University of Manchester, Severn Trent Water and Nottinghamshire Police, as employers look to support older female colleagues.