16 Oct 2022

13,000 women join The Midlife Festival 2022

In October we hosted The Latte Lounge's largest-ever event - The Midlife Festival 2022.

Nearly 13,000 women joined The Latte Lounge's flagship online event The Midlife Festival this October.

Among the 25+ speakers covering topics including menopause, perimenopause and women's health were TV Presenters Davina McCall and Nadia Sawalha and experts including Professor Tim Spector, Professor Nick Panay and Dr Haitham Hamoda.

The Festival, which was free to attend, brought together well-known speakers and leading medical experts, to share their knowledge, wisdom and top tips for how women can lead a healthier, happier
and more positive life through their 40s, 50s and beyond.

Anyone who missed the Festival can catch-up with an on-demand lifetime access pass available for purchase on The Midlife Festival website. The pass includes all talks, an audio version of all talks, written summaries of the key points from every talk, a 24-page ebook on perimenopause and menopause and more.

Watch the highlights from this year's Festival here:

Highlights from The Midlife Festival 2022

26 speakers. 5 days. All online. Watch the highlights from The Midlife Festival 2022 featuring Davina McCall, Nadia Sawalha, Kat Farmer, Ruby Hammer MBE, Professor Tim Spector OBE, Professor Philip Sarrel, Prof Nick Panay, Dr Shahzadi Harper, Lavina Mehta MBE and many more discussing topics including menopause, perimenopause, body confidence, heart health, fitness nutrition and more.

Feedback on this year's event included:

  • "These interview videos are amazing, I thought I'd give them a go nothing to lose but they far exceed my expectations."

  •  "If every woman going through the peri menopause and menopause could start their journey attending The Midlife Festival - well, what a positive difference that would make."

  • "Professor Sarrel's talk [on heart health & menopause] needs to be on mainstream TV so everyone understands this."

  • "These seminars have been like having a professional friend in my house."

The Festival was created in 2021 by The Latte Lounge, founded in 2016 by Katie Taylor after her own debilitating perimenopausal symptoms were misdiagnosed as depression. Forced to give up her career, she set out to ensure that no other woman would suffer in the same way that she did.

Katie said: “The Midlife Festival was created in order to make menopause a normal topic of conversation, helping to break down the taboos, whilst educating women about the different symptoms they can experience, and providing them with simple, evidenced based information, to enable them to make an informed choice with their Health Care Providers about their treatment options.

“We’re finally seeing a seismic shift in the narrative around what it means to be a woman in
your 40s, 50s and beyond.

“For too long, midlife women have been made to feel invisible in society, have suffered in silence with often debilitating symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, whilst taking on their fair share of the ‘sandwich generation’ burden - juggling caring for children and ageing parents, while also trying to manage their work and home lives too.

‘“The Midlife Festival’ is about shining a spotlight on the woman in the middle, amplifying our
voices, and celebrating all the positives that this next stage in our lives has to offer.”

Full list of speakers at The Midlife Festival 2022: 

  • Nadia Sawalha, TV Presenter and regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women discussing Body Confidence - Loving yourself warts and all! 
  • Davina McCall - nation’s most loved TV broadcasters will be discussing her own experience of menopause and her top tips for dealing with menopause and perimenopause symptoms.
  • Kat Farmer, Fashion Blogger, TV Presenter & Author talking about Midlife Fashion.
  • Emma Bardwell, Nutrition Nutritionist, Author and Health Writer discussing how to build a ‘menopause happy’ diet 
  • Ruby Hammer MBE, Global Makeup Artist talking us through Midlife Makeovers - Time to experiment.
  • Dr Shahzadi Harper, The Perimenopause doctor discussing how to improve your sex life. 
  • Professor Tim Spector OBE, is a medically qualified Professor of Epidemiology discussing the importance of a healthy gut for midlife weight management.
  • Dr. Aziza Sesay, GP and Educator, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer - Helping you to spot the signs and symptoms of the five Gynaecological Cancers 
  • Jane Simpson, Continence Nurse and author of The Pelvic Floor Bible - Leak-Proof - Looking after your pelvic health 
  • Petra Coveney, Founder of Menopause Yoga and is a senior yoga teacher and trainer - Menopause Yoga for Mental Wellbeing.
  • Jacynth Bassett, Award-winning Founder & CEO of an independent fashion boutique - Ageism is never in style - Meet the fashion designer who's got your back.
  • Dr Hannah Short, Dr Hannah Short is a GP Specialist in Menopause, POI and Premenstrual Disorders - supporting you through early menopause.
  • Adele Johnston, Menopause coach taking you through Mindfulness, Meditation and Positive Psychology.
  • Professor Nick Panay, is a Consultant Gynaecologist with a special interest in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Menopause and Menstrual Disorders. He will be guiding you through the Menopause Maze.
  • Dr Joanna Franks,  Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon - uncovering the ins and outs of Breast Cancer.
  • Dr Shirin Lakhani, Award winning Aesthetic Doctor & Women's Health Advocate discussing looking after your Vaginal and Vulva health. 
  • Lavina Mehta MBE, Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, founder of Feel Good With Lavina will be discussing how you can fit fitness into your life.
  • Prof Phillip Sarrel, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences and Psychiatry talking through the role of Hormones on our Heart Health.
  • Dani Binnington, Menopause guide, yoga teacher, cancer survivor and all-round wellness warrior.
  • Rosie Wilby, is an award-winning Comedian, Author and Podcaster will chat with us about embracing the highs and lows of midlife relationships.
  • Dr Tonye Wokoma MBBS FRCOG MFSRH is an experienced Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Community Gynaecology discussing conceiving and sexual health in midlife.
  • Kate Moryoussef is a women’s ADHD Lifestyle & Wellbeing coach, host of The ADHD Women’s Wellbeing Podcast and EFT practitioner will help us understand ADHD in Menopause 
  • Dr Haitham Hamodia, is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery talking us through how to cope with menstrual disorders. 
  • Ani Naqvi, Executive Transformational Expert and Mentor will talk us through how to live a life of freedom, joy and purpose. 
  • Alison Jensen-Goodall, Virtual Boutique Beauty Coach Specialist diScussing replenishing your complexion.
  • Dr Hélène du P. Menagé, Consultant Dermatologist addressing midlife skincare concerns.
  • Dr Amiee Vyas MBBS Bsc, Founder of Doctor Amiee Facial Aesthetics & Skin discussing hair thinning and hair loss.

The Festival week was free to attend thanks to the support of sponsors Clarins, Holland &
Barrett and Sylk Natural.

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