Dealing with menopause in the workplace can be hard. Having open conversations about menopause while avoiding ageism and sexism can be a tricky dance in the modern workplace. One place to start might be finding a sympathetic ear in management. Ask about flexible working hours or permission to use the nursing room (when not needed by a mom) when symptoms of menopause interrupt your day. Ask HR about sick day policies and if menopause can be made part of your company’s wellness program and education efforts. On a more day-to-day level, wear layers to accommodate hot flashes, keep ice water handy, get a small fan for your desk, and avoid spicy foods and coffee when you really need to minimize the risk of hot flashes.