A health store in Banstead is hosting a talk about living with the menopause next week.

The Natural Way health store in Banstead will welcome menopause expert Eileen Durward as a guest speaker for the talk, which is billed under the title Menopause Awareness — menopause needn't mean misery.

According to organisers, 8 out of every 10 women will experience one or more symptoms related to menopause, with potential symptoms including heightened hormones, hot flushes, night sweats, low mood, thinning hair, headaches, tiredness and a loss of libido.

Store owner Michelle Cass said that going through the menopause was an individual experience but that sharing and discussing the issue was beneficial to everyone.

"Menopause is such an individual experience but it’s obviously an issue that affects all women and I’m always surprised by how so few feel that they can talk about it.

"We might be living in thoroughly modern times but it is still a taboo subject for so many people," she pointed out.

Ms Cass added that customers at store inquired about living with the menopause "on a daily basis" and that, while she was happy to treat cases individually, opening up about the issue and breaking the taboo that surrounds it can be beneficial.

"Let’s talk about it. We all have to go through it — let’s embrace it," she said.

"There is a lot of pressure on women today, whether perceived or real, to be, or act, a certain way.

"We’re keen to stress that life doesn’t end just because you’ve reached a certain age – you don’t just become invisible! We’re hoping the talk will provide women with the option to realise they’re not alone in their experiences," Ms Cass added.

The Natural Way owner said that the cost of a ticket into the talk — £5 — was redeemable against any product in store, with a number of natural based remedies for coping with the menopause on offer.

Tea and coffee for all comers will also be available "on tap" the store said.

The talk is taking place on Wednesday (October 30) between 10.30am—12pm in The Lambert Room at The Banstead Centre, followed by a meet and greet with Eileen back at The Natural Way health store.

Tickets are on a first come first served basis, and demand is expected to be high.

For further information on the event, contact Sarena or Michelle at The Natural Way, 10 The High Street, Banstead, on 01737 37 1007.