Women who are looking for advice and support on a positive approach to the menopause are being invited to a talk in Sutton Coldfield.

Katherine Hill, Clinical Nurse Specialist at the St Giles Hospice Women’s Cancer Support Service, will be leading the talk, entitled “Embracing Menopause”, at the St Giles Supportive Care Centre in Lindridge Road on March 28, starting at 6.30pm.

Katherine said “Many people are unaware of the common symptoms, effects and the impact the condition can have on daily life.

“Menopause can be a taboo subject for many people, families and organisations, even though it is something that every woman will go through. A lot of women don’t
realise what it is when they start getting symptoms, but can find proactive ways to help manage the changes in their lives and to improve their own health and wellbeing.

“Menopause is something that impacts upon everyone in the family – including partners – and it can affect people at work, but so many people are reluctant to talk about it. A better understanding of the symptoms, for example the impact of hot flushes, can help overcome the embarrassment and the effect it has.

“It’s an issue also which affects the women we support through our service as they can often have a medically induced menopause caused by treatment and the talk will cover this too.”

The specialist Women’s Cancer Support Service, which has just celebrated its 12-month anniversary, has supported more than 60 women living with and after the effects of cancer and its treatments in the last year.

“The service has grown significantly since we launched and a great deal of the referrals have come via word of mouth,” said Katherine.

“We are spreading the word about the service through talks like this one as well as raising awareness with GPs and healthcare professionals to ensure woman know they can self-refer to our service.

“If you are part of an organisation or group which would like to host a talk from one of our team, please get in touch.”

Doors open at 6.15pm and you don’t need to pre-book a place at the talk. Everyone is invited to attend. For further details, contact Jenni Fryer on 0121 378 6290.

For more information about the Specialist Woman’s Cancer Support Service and the care it provides, please call 0300 330 1297 or visit www.stgileshospice.com/specialist-womens-cancer-support-service