Nicola Sturgeon tops the menopause fest with a Kirsty Wark chat

Nicola Sturgeon is set to talk all about menopause at a festival next month as she continues to try to get women to talk more openly about the issue after appearing on Loose Woman.

The Prime Minister will headline #FlushFest2022 at the Menopause Café which will be held online on June 17-18 this year after successfully piloting the format in 2021.

Previously held in Perth, it is the world’s only menopausal festival with a range of talks and workshops taking place to highlight the taboo topic.

Sturgeon will have a chat with journalist Kirsty Wark (below) as they talk about navigating menopause as high-profile business professionals.

Ticket holders, which takes place on Saturday, June 18, will be able to send questions to them before Thursday, June 9.

The first minister discussed menopause on an episode of “Loose Woman” last month, admitting it wasn’t something she felt “completely comfortable” talking about.

She said there was still a lot of stigma around her and admitted that she was concerned about how she would be treated as a public figure.

She added, “I feel responsible for the next generation of women, so they can read and say…that’s how it was.”

Sturgeon also spoke about the topic on The Shift podcast and described how she felt “responsible” to talk about her experiences.

The festival will kick off on Friday, June 17, with a menopause comedy evening featuring a lineup of comedians with an interest in the topic of middle age or menopause. This will be hosted by Bolin Air who appeared on last year’s show.

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Saturday will be packed with talks and workshops about symptoms, mental health, working through menopause, creativity, and how menopause affects sex.

Writer and personal trainer Amanda Thebe will talk with guests about building resilience and strength during menopause, while mentor and business coach Dina Tobias will discuss how to continue working while experiencing symptoms covering areas such as your legal rights as employees and how to obtain support from Human Resources and your line manager.

Other events include a creative arts workshop with artist Sarah Grove White that will explore the sensory experiences of women directly affected by or experiencing symptoms of menopause or menopause, while therapist Diane Dansbrink will talk about the psychological symptoms of menopause.

Certified Body Sexual Athlete, Claire Macaulay, will lead an interactive workshop focusing on the effect that menopause can have on libido, and Petra Coveney, founder of Menopause Yoga, will demonstrate the benefits of specific postures, breathing techniques and meditation.

You can book tickets and learn more at

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