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Elgin menopause café hopes to break taboo

By Jonathan Clark

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A menopause café, aimed at breaking down the taboo around menopause, will be held in Elgin this month.

The café hopes to increase awareness of the impact of menopause on those experiencing it, and on their family, friends and colleagues.

Open to both male and female participants of all ages, the menopause café will be held between 2pm and 4pm on July 28 in the city’s Grampian Coffee House.

After the world’s first menopause café, held in Perth, Scotland, in 2017, a number have been organised throughout the United Kingdom, including in some workplaces. The world’s first menopause festival was also held in Perth during 2018.

Rachel Weiss of Rowan Consultancy, who founded the menopause café, said: "The café 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 women feel that they should just ‘get on with’ the menopause, with some never talking to their friends of family about it. But the reality is that it affects all women eventually, not forgetting those who live and work with them.

"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."

Karen Kenning
Karen Kenning

The Moray event is being organised by Karen Kenning, co-founder of the Pausitivity group raising awareness of menopause symptoms through the #KnowYourMenopause poster campaign. Karen added: "I’m really excited to be bringing Menopause Café to Moray. I hope that it will encourage people to come and chat all things menopause. Be ready for tears and laughs!"

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