Menopause Café Toronto – The First Menopause Café in Canada
Canada’s first Menopause Café will be held in Toronto next month. The purpose is to start conversations about menopause. Menopause is not a disease but it affects women experiencing it—and their partners, children, family, friends, and colleagues. It’s offered on a not-for-profit basis, and it is free (though you may want to invest in a beverage or a snack).
Open to both male and female participants of all ages, Menopause Café will be held between 7PM and 9PM on Tuesday, March 6th, at Baka Gallery Café, 2265 Bloor St West, Toronto.
Following the world’s first Menopause Café, held in Perth, Scotland, in 2017, a number of Menopause Cafés have been organised throughout the UK, including in some workplaces. This Menopause Café in Toronto will be the first outside the UK.
Rachel Weiss of Rowan Consultancy, who founded the world’s first Menopause Café in Perth commented, “The Menopause 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 or family about it, but the reality is that it affects all women eventually, not forgetting those who live and work with them.”
The Toronto event is being organised and hosted by Teresa Isabel Dias, a pharmacist and Certified Menopause Practitioner, and founder of MenopausED. She has over 20 years’ experience in community pharmacy in the Greater Toronto Area and is passionate about patient education especially about menopause.
Teresa Isabel Dias said, “About 80% of women report experiencing some degree of physical, psychological, or emotional changes during the menopause transition. Most women are unprepared for the change, though the majority can identify hot flashes and night sweats as part of menopause. But many women don’t know that difficulty sleeping, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, memory and concentration problems, aches and pains, headaches, irregular periods, pain with sex, and low sex drive can occur during perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause when hormones start fluctuating. I want to raise awareness about menopause and break the taboo. Let’s talk about menopause at home, in the work place, wherever women are.”
Let’s talk about menopause at the Menopause Café on March 6th! Booking is recommended. The event is posted on Eventbrite www.eventbrite.ca/e/menopause-cafe-toronto-tickets-43023204563.
For more information about the Menopause Café, please visit www.menopausecafe.net, or contact
Teresa Isabel Dias, BScPharm, NCMP, http://menopaused.org