A police force has brought in a hypnotherapist to work with women going through menopause.

West Midlands Police hired Steve Woods to help staff struggling with symptoms, which include sweats, lack of concentration and memory issues. He said: In the case of menopause, the most common thing people think about is the night sweats and the lack of temperature control and that sort of thing..You can teach people self-hypnosis so they can use their mind to go off to somewhere with a nice cool refreshing breeze and they feel the effects of that.

Mr Woods, who runs his company from Cannock, held a meeting at the police’s headquarters in Birmingham last week and said it was a success.

He added: One of the ladies emailed me back after saying she’d had the best night’s sleep in ages and another said she’d felt better than she had in a long time just after that group session that we did. Almost any symptom, if you can imagine yourself without it, then you can use hypnosis to bring that about. It’s a case of structuring a process that people can make use of without using lots of time.

Mr Woods said he was asked to come back on a regular basis but admitted he needed to learn more about menopause. At that initial meeting we got some really good feedback, he said.

It was a learning exercise on both sides them and me as being a man menopause is not something I know a massive amount about. The sessions have been successful and will continue

The hypnotherapist also supplies audio recordings to the women to help with the therapy. The move to hire him comes as police forces around the country begin to offer more services to women going through menopause. Several forces now run menopause education sessions for staff and Nottinghamshire Police have even opened up crying rooms for women.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: Steve was invited to a meeting to talk about his services. There was no endorsement or costs involved in this, just an information session provided as part of our ongoing support to colleagues through the menopause support forum. Our intention is to provide information to enable people to make their own minds up, as part of a broader commitment to long-term health and well-being.

The average age for the menopause in the UK is 51 and there are 35 associated symptoms.