New group gives menopause support

Lorraine King is Service Co-ordinator at Argyll Wellbeing Hub, formerly Martyn’s Monday Club, and will be co-running the new peer support Menopause group starting in Oban on Wednesday June 2.

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A new group opens in Oban this week offering peer support for anyone affected by the menopause.

Women going through it or family members living with someone experiencing it, are welcome to go along.

The group is part of the newly named Argyll Wellbeing Hub, formerly Martyn’s Monday Club, and the first session is on Wednesday June 2.

Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at the club’s Breadalbane Street base.

Facilitator Lorraine King will be running the sessions along with April Gordon-Barton who works for Healthy Options in Oban.

The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels drops. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51 but around 1 in 100 women experience it before they reach 40, says the NHS.

There are more than 30 symptoms, most women will experience some of them.  Some can have a significant impact on everyday activities.