Let’s talk menopause – don’t keep it to yourself
For World Menopause Awareness month we’re co-hosting an awareness day at the Lighthouse Project with Living Well.
Not sure what to expect? Want to know more about the help and support you can get locally. There is no need for you to keep your concerns to yourself. Find out more from others on the same journey.
We have a drop-in style session running on : Thursday 13th October 2022 between 10am to 3pm.
Come and see lots of people from Living Well, social prescribers, and the Lighthouse Project to talk to and get information to take away. No need to book, just come along.
We’ll also be launching a new Menopause Peer Support group that anyone living locally can join, to share experiences, have a laugh and swap tips and story’s that will help you get through.
The first of the Peer Support Group sessions begins Thursday 27th October 10am – 12 noon, and every two weeks following.
What is the Menopause?
The Menopause is a natural stage of life that affects all women. Medically speaking, it is where a woman ceases to ovulate and their periods eventually stop, caused by a change in hormone levels. According to the NHS, the average age that women experience the menopause in the UK is 51, and symptoms can vary widely. According to CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) the most common symptoms experienced are –
- Hot flushes (72%)
- Sleep disturbances (64%)
- Night sweats (58%)
In addition, bone loss is a factor that needs monitoring, along with potential weight gain and alongside the physical symptoms, many women can experience emotional and mental symptoms, ranging from anxiety and brain fog, to changes in their temperament. According to the Director of Women’s Health Research Program at Monash University, ‘most symptoms can last between 5 and 10 years.’ and ‘management of these symptoms will help you optimise your health and your quality of life.’ (Prof Susan R Davis)
The International Menopause Society (IMS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have collaborated to create an awareness by dedicating October to being Menopause Awareness Month, with the 18th of October as their focused day. Each year, a different element is focused on, with 2022’s chosen element being Cognition and Mood.