Penn Library will be holding a special coffee morning to mark World Menopause Awareness Day on Tuesday 18 October, 2022.

The free event takes place from 11am to 12.30pm and people are invited to come along and share their experiences of the menopause with others.

The menopause is a natural part of the ageing process and usually occurs when a woman is between 45 and 55 years old. It can cause over 30 different symptoms and, while women may not suffer from all of them, they can be extremely debilitating and have a profound effect upon their personal and work lives.

Symptoms include night sweats, hot flushes, mood swings and irritability, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, tiredness, depression, anxiety, joint pain and cognitive changes, often referred to as brain fog.

There are 3 stages to menopause – perimenopause, menopause and post menopause – and the whole process can last up to 14 years.

For more information, and help and support, please visit NHS - MenopauseMenopause Support or Menopause Matters.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Menopause and perimenopause symptoms can have a big impact on your life, including relationships and work. But there are things you can do to help. 

“So please take a look at the help and support that is available from organisations like the NHS, Menopause Support and Menopause Matter, and come along to the special coffee morning at Penn Library on World Menopause Awareness Day to chat with others, because it’s good to talk.”