Menopause is not an end, but a transition into a new phase of empowerment and liberation.
Today, October 18th, the world observes Menopause Day, and I celebrated by offering a lecture at an organisation aiming at creating a culture of open communication and empathy.
The aim is not only to raise awareness about the phase most women goes through, but also to highlight why it matters to all of us, directly or indirectly.
In Western industrialised societies, more than 60% of women suffer from menopause-related symptoms. This means that almost everyone is affected by menopause, whether they experience it firsthand or witness the impact it has on a woman close to them.
Furthermore, over 50% of women say that menopause symptoms affect them at work and they often feel unsupported. This means that not only women are affected, individually, but also their teams’ motivation and performance may be.
Unfortunately, much of the advice women receive regarding menopause is outdated and tends to mask symptoms rather than addressing the root cause. This means more needs to be done so that we obtain proper, consistent results.
One of the most significant negative factors influencing menopause-related symptoms is long-term chronic stress. This means that the transition into menopause needs to be addressed with a long-term, supportive approach.
With the right support and care, women who experience a smooth transition into menopause tend to feel energised, liberated, and empowered. This means women’s healthcare shoudl foster the conditions for a positive menopause experience.
What if our society respected older women for their vast experience and wisdom?
What if we appreciated how they guide and mentor the young,
their ability for solving problems creatively
and resolving conflicts with ease?
What if older women were celebrated for their immense social and emotional value?
What if we prioritised older women’s wellbeing, recognising them as indispensable figures in our society.
By observing World Menopause Day, we not only acknowledge the struggles and triumphs of women experiencing this phase, but we also pave the way for a world where women are supported and celebrated throughout all stages of life. Remember, menopause is not an end, but a transition into a new phase of empowerment and liberation.
By fostering a supportive, harmony-inducing society, we can leverage the potential of our communities’ older women and improve the menopause experience for all.
Meanwhile, and before that is a reality,
regardless of your age,
take responsibility for your wellbeing.