Breaking down taboos

11 Oct 2021 11:41
Published by: Scott Callan


AN event aimed at breaking down the taboo around menopause and increasing awareness of the impact it can have will be held in Macclesfield this month.

The Menopause Cafe will take place on World Menopause Day on Monday October 18.

Open to people of all genders and all ages, it will be held from 7pm - 9pm in the upstairs room of The Shamrock Bar in Mill Street.

Following the world's first Menopause Cafe, held in Perth, Scotland in 2017, a number have been organised throughout the UK, including in some workplaces.

Rachel Weiss of Rowan Consultancy, who founded Menopause Cafe, says: "The Menopause Cafe is aimed at women and men of all ages who would like to come along and talk about the menopause, to share their stories, experiences and questions, all made that little bit easier with tea and cake.

"Unfortunately, many people feel that they should just 'get on with' the menopause with some never talking to their friends or family about it.

"People can come along and just listen, or join in on the discussions, hopefully leaving with a clearer sense of the impact of the menopause on those who are experiencing it, alongside their families, friends and colleagues."

The Macclesfield event is being organised by Lisa Moss and Elissa Dobson, pictured, local women who are passionate about removing the stigma around menopause and creating a safe space for everyone.

Lisa says: "The Menopause Cafe Macclesfield, UK is an opportunity to talk freely and change the way we see this natural transition."

Elissa, who is a menopause and leadership coach, added: "There is very little education or open discussion about menopause in the UK, but for millions of women it will happen, with symptoms potentially lasting for up to 10 years.

"With dozens of unique combinations of symptoms, many women experience unexpected impacts on their mind, body and spirit. This potentially has a knock-on effect with their relationships both at home and at work.

"The Menopause Cafe is an opportunity for us to open up the conversation and remind others that they are not alone."

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