Menopause Courses & Events

You can view info about our upcoming course and events on our website here 

Below is a summary of what’s new:

#BBC MENOPAUSE_GFX_SQUARE_PLUG

We will be helping BBC Breakfast TV to raise awareness about the menopause this week and taking part in their show on Monday 13th & 14th May (6:50-9:20 am BBC 1). If you can’t catch us live, then view it on BBC iplayer. There will be lots of great info and support so don’t miss it.

yogaActive Menopause

New Free 6 week yoga for menopause course starting 30th May. Spaces are limited. See events and course page

                                                   

Blood Rites: at PBR Flyer V3 31.5.19ark Theatre 

Blood Rites is a new play in development written and directed by Eileen Bellot. The play explores the journey women take between menstruation to menopause. There will be a staged reading of this play on 31st May at Park Theatre. To book tickets and find out more visit Eventbrite select here

Exploring the 14161894111_142fe72038_bMenopause Weekend Workshop : 27th & 28th July 2019

If you would like to find out more about the menopause and how to manage symptoms check out our events and courses page

 

Menopause Week on BBC Breakfast TV

BBC Breakfast TV

Keep an eye on BBC Breakfast TV next week (6:50-9:20 am), as they will be doing a week’s worth of coverage on the menopause between 13-17th May. The coverage is to coincide with the European Conference on Menopause and Andropause, in Berlin. The conference aims to provide a new perspective of the medical and sociological aspects of women’s health and disease at midlife and beyond, with a view to how our changing society challenges or helps us in our daily practice.

Our project, Reclaim the Menopause and some of our women will be featured during the week. The programme will be looking at all aspects of the menopause so it should be really informative. Follow us on twitter @The Menopause  and @Questlife2 next week to keep up with us.

 

Hitting the Road to Raise Awareness

We are pleased to hit the road and give all you lovely people an opportunity to find out more about our Menopause Project and meet us in person.

The wonderful people at Southbank Centre have invited us to be part of their WOW-Women of the World Festival on Sunday 11th March. The WOW Festival is an empowering event for women and takes place annually coinciding with International Women’s Day. We will be part of the panel discussion Your Own Personal Heatwave.

Copy of Menopause Awareness Event March 2019If you can’t join us WOW Festival come and meet us at our Menopause Awareness event on 27th March 6-8pm in Hackney. Come along and be pampered with a free massage and refreshments, talk to health professionals, get information and advice to help demystify the menopause. There will also be information about our fortnightly support group and our new workshop starting in April.

We would love to see you at one of these events, please also help spread the word  anyone else that you think might find this useful.

Don’t let the menopause get you down , come and have some fun with us and don’t forget the free massage sessions on 27th March.

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Menopause Week 15th-19th Jan 2018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lw30r

Radio

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour is covering the menopause all week so tune in to have your say or find out more. Here is the link for today’s phone-in show http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lw30r

Here is a peek at what they will be covering for the rest of the week. On Wednesday Eileen Bellot from our Reclaiming the Menopause Project will be joining the programme discussing the impact of the menopause.

Tuesday 16th Jan: Menopause Survey Findings

Wednesday 17th Jan: The Impact of Menopause on Relationships & Family

Thursday 18th Jan: Menopause & Work

Friday 19th Jan: Menopause treatments (conventional and alternatives). How we can help ourselves?  Focus on women who’ve set up their own websites and women in the public eye who are now speaking out.

The Art of the Menopause

CSM vases display

How would you visually represent your experience of the menopause? Imagine bringing physical form to its multiple aspects: the physical, emotional, and cultural. Second year BA Ceramic Design students at Central Saint Martins have been engaged with this challenge. Their rather beautiful answers will be on exhibit at 2017’s British Ceramics Biennial this autumn.

With Reclaiming The Menopause Managing Director Eileen Bellot acting as an advisor and resource, the students joined a menopause-focused Facebook page to begin a dialogue. They posted a lengthy questionnaire asking about individual women’s experience and what advice they might give to women yet to enter this phase of life–advice they wish someone had given them.

Working with this feedback, the students undertook an exploration of themes: the colours of autumn (as the menopause is described as autumnal,) classically “feminine” shapes, and means of passing information from one generation to the next. Each step of the design process was fully considered and informed. The students’ evolving conversation, early sketches, concepts and progress notes can be found on their blog Mud Movement.

The result is sixty-six vessels presented as heirlooms meant to be passed down through generations of women.  Each contains a scroll to both collect and disseminate advice and stories about the menopause.

A selection of the work produced through the collaboration will be exhibited at World of Wedgwood in Stoke on Trent for the duration of the 2017’s British Ceramics Biennial (23rd Sept – 5th November). Emma Lacey will be giving a short presentation at the Ceramics and it’s Dimensions Congress on 5th October.  The theme of the Congress is ‘Can Ceramics Make a difference?’

You can also get the opportunity to view some of these vessels at our coming Menopause Awareness event on 2nd Oct 5.30-8pm. Refreshment & Massage sessions available

To find out more and book your free ticket follow the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menopause-awareness-event-tickets-37914151247

Eileen and CSM students
Eileen Bellot and CSM students
CSM vases
The vessels

 

 

Do Orcas Have Hot Flashes?

In a recent issue of The Lenny Letter (source of the headline and image above) writer Ferris Jabr reports on emerging science exploring whether other mammals undergo the menopause and, if so, what is its evolutionary advantage?

Why, in non-human animals, would a lifespan that extends beyond reproductive years matter? Researchers think it’s all down to matriarchy. And grandmothers. If the survival of the species (defense, food, teaching survival skills. etc.) depends on females, mothers of the very young can’t do it all. They’re too busy. And here’s where post-reproductive members of the group are invaluable.

Of course, it’s all more complex than this synopsis, check out the article for more in depth reporting.

Menopause is not so much an ending as it is a rebellious beginning — the unfolding of a new chapter in life inked with the requisite wisdom to keep entire societies alive and thriving.

The Lenny Letter overall is a great resource. Delivered via email twice a week, it features feminist writers on a range of subjects: health, culture, art, politics, horoscopes, empowerment, and humour. It’s American-based, but publishes international authors. For information on a free subscription, check them out here.

Your thoughts? Can you relate to killer whales? Please comment here and join the conversation on our Facebook page.

 

Image credit: Jenny Smith for The Lenny Letter

Sex & Menopause

During transition through the menopause sex can sometimes be the last thing on some women’s minds. For others they say that menopause has in fact raised their libido, especially for those who are happy to be free of the worry of using contraception.
Vaginal dryness, tiredness, hot flushes, lowered self esteem and low libido are just some of the reasons why women lose interest in sex. As one women told us “Why would I want someone else’s hot body on top of me when I can’t cope with my own heat!’

Through the peer support groups and educational workshops we run, sex comes up again and again. On our educational workshops we are happy to have Cabby Laffy, (Director of The Centre for Psychosexual Health & author of Love Sex), as part of our team. We also partner up with SH! Women’s Sex Emporium to give women the opportunity to explore being in a sex shop and to get the chance to ask some of those questions that might otherwise be left unanswered. SH! were the first women’s sex shop to be established in the UK in 1992 and their mission is to inspire every woman to embrace her true sexual self. They really are a female positive space, welcoming of all women and have recently been doing sex education sessions in schools. Renee and her team have a great way of putting women at ease.

So, if you have missed the opportunity to join us on one of our trips to SH! Or want to come again here is the info below. We will be exploring women’s sexuality and arousal in the context of menopause :

Visit to SH! Women’s Sex Emporium

Sh_wDate: 22.6.17
Time 6.30pm
Address: 57 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB.
Nearest Tube Old St or Liverpool St
Bus Routes: 26, 35, 55, 67, 149, 242, 243

If you would rather come along as part of a group meet us outside the Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT, between 6-6.15pm.

Please let us know if you will be joining us by emailing menopause@handsinc.co.uk