Did you know? Today is World Menopause Day! If you didn’t, don’t worry. I didn’t either, and I would be willing to bet more than a few hot flashes that most women don’t know either.
The actual purpose of World Menopause Day is to raise awareness, encourage education, and draw attention to the research and health information available on the subject of menopause. Health organizations associated with, and who also sponsor World Menopause Day want to encourage conversations about menopause, bringing it out of the closet, so to speak, and give women permission to speak openly and candidly about it.
It’s hard to believe that women would need permission to speak openly and candidly about anything. However, believe it or not, menopause has been a topic that is primarily taboo, and not openly discussed among women. But that is changing.
Thanks to the Internet, social media, and a bunch of rabble rousing, feminist inspired, loud-mouth baby boomers – thank you very much -- women are getting the message that it’s okay to talk about it. I’m not quite sure I’m personally ready to celebrate it, mind you. But, I am very happy that we are encouraging women to discuss menopause.
As trite as it sounds to say, it is true that knowledge is power, and giving people permission to speak their secrets is liberating. Women often feel isolated during menopause. They also feel alone in their suffering, and do not know who to talk to, or even what to say when they are given the opportunity to talk about it.
Hormone imbalance profoundly affects women not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well. So, anytime we give women permission to talk about these issues, it is a good day in my book.
Happy World Menopause Day, ladies! Celebrate! But stay away from the red wine - it causes hot flashes.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.