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Our founder Katie Taylor’s perimenopausal experience is the reason that The Latte Lounge exists.
Katie struggled to get help for four years with her debilitating symptoms - she was wrongly diagnosed with depression instead of perimenopause and eventually had to quit her successful career in marketing.
Thankfully, after seeing a specialist, she found answers and help in the form of HRT.
Jane Lewis has been affected by the debilitating menopausal symptom vaginal atrophy. Forced to quit her love of horse riding, she also found that this condition affected everything from the clothes that she could wear to her sex life too.
Jane now raises awareness of vaginal atrophy under the instagram account name ‘My Menopausal Vagina.’
She’s also published a book of the same name which has helped thousands of women, and produced leaflets and posters to help educate health providers and support sufferers.
Kirsty Lang is a BBC Radio broadcaster and freelance journalist. In 2016 she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. She was 53 and had been on HRT for three years after suffering from frequent hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain, night sweats and insomnia. The moment she was diagnosed, the surgeon advised her to cease HRT.
In the two years that followed, Kirsty’s menopausal symptoms returned with a vengeance.
She had survived breast cancer but at a huge cost to the quality of her life.
We spoke to Kirsty about how she arrived at her decision to resume taking HRT for her menopause symptoms.
Nina found herself perimenopausal at the age of 43. It was not a straightforward diagnosis though, she was actually there to get test results for diabetes and was then given no other information about menopause during her appointment.
Nina has since had to educate herself about menopause, along the way wondering why more black women aren’t represented in mainstream media or on online platforms talking about menopause too.
Writer and critic Kate Muir describes her own menopausal journey as a ‘full Thelma and Louise, off the cliff, car crash.’
She struggled to get the right support and diagnosis of menopause and this impacted all areas of her life.
She’s now produced a Channel 4 documentary ‘Sex, Myths and Menopause’ presented by Davina McCall which debuted in May 2021 and she is writing a book due out later this year.
We interviewed Kate in late 2020 to hear all about why this project means so much to her.