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Tea-Time For Menopause

Menopause web page Wellsbourne

What is menopause?

Menopause is when menstrual periods stop because the levels of certain hormones in the body decrease. This typically happens between the ages of 45 and 55, but it can occur earlier for various reasons.

Before menopause, there’s a stage called perimenopause. During perimenopause, hormone levels are changing, but periods have not yet stopped. This phase can last up to four years before menopause, and one indication of it is changes in the menstrual cycle.

The hormonal changes during perimenopause can lead to various symptoms, such as anxiety, difficulty concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”), body aches and pains, changes in the vagina, and hot flushes.

Going through menopause can be challenging because of these symptoms, and also due to other life changes happening around the same time, like children leaving home, aging parents, work-related stress, health concerns, and changes in relationships. For some, this period of transition can be difficult.

There are approximately 13 million peri or post menopausal women in the U.K

Symptoms last, on average, 4-8 years

1 in 4 will experience very few symptoms

1 in 4 will experience symptoms

1 in 4 will experience debilitating symptoms (symptoms that have a big impact.)

menopausesupport.co.uk – Supporting You Through Change

Please click the link above to download a document that provides additional information and support about menopause.

At Wellsbourne CIC Health, we want to make sure that patients going through perimenopause and menopause get the help they need. You can schedule an appointment with an advanced nurse practitioner or your GP to talk about your symptoms and the available treatments.

While most people go through perimenopause and menopause between ages 45 and 55, some may experience it earlier, known as premature menopause. Additionally, non-binary, intersex, and trans individuals can also have menopausal symptoms. Everyone dealing with menopausal symptoms or midlife challenges is welcome at Wellsbourne CIC.

Menopause Information Events (Tea-Time for Menopause)

We often host free events to share information about perimenopause and menopause. We do this because we believe that not everyone knows enough about menopause, and being unsure about it can make symptoms worse. The sessions are delivered by an advanced practice nurse and a wellbeing coach. We provide tea and cake and a friendly atmosphere.

Here’s what people have said about these sessions:

I am so glad that I attended the session yesterday, very informative both in general information and professional aspect from the nurse. I actually arrived home with a spring in my step with a sense of relief and clear plan of action moving forward.

Want to know more about the menopause? Please attend one of these sessions. There is not need to book, just turn up at the start time of the session.

Tea-time for menopause at St Cuthman’s Church, Whitehawk Way, BN2 5HE Thursday 25th April 2024, 1-2pm

Tea-time for menopause at Wellsbourne CIC, Whitehawk Road, BN3 5FL, Tuesday 24th September 2024, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Tea-time for menopause at the Crew Club, Coolham Drive, BN2 5QW, Tuesday 28th January 2025, 1.30-2.30pm

Group Coaching for Wellbeing at Menopause

We’re teaming up with wellbeing coach Sam Beal to offer a free six-session group coaching program for those seeking more support during perimenopause and menopause. These groups aim to create a welcoming, private space where we can discuss ways to feel better during menopause and when dealing with challenges in midlife. The next group will start in early June in 2024. If you’d like more details, please send an email to [email protected]

Women who have taken part in the group before found it because it made them feel less alone and gave them different perspectives. One person shared that they used to feel stuck in a dark place but now feel more able to enjoy life. Others had similar positive experiences.

My self-confidence and self-belief has improved. The appreciation that my experiences are not unusual in menopause, leading to acceptance of change of life.

The opportunity to share and feel – there’s a lot to appreciate in women talking openly about themselves with the guidance of a life coach. It was a unique and precious opportunity.

Oh my word! I feel like a woman again. There is a way to go and a journey to follow, but I’m looking forward to it.