Why does it seem like mothers did more in preparing their daughters for puberty, and not so much for the second change in a woman’s life called menopause? Even as adults, the most women may say out loud is the acknowledgment of just hot flashes. This narrow view perpetuates the ignorance of younger women to believe hot flashes will be the worst of this aging process, whereas no more menstrual cycles will be the celebration to many years of anatomic torture. Therefore, we are ill prepared for the up and down mood swings, the constant irritability, low tolerance, loss of memory, inability to concentrate, and confusion over the most basic things in everyday life. The drastic changes in eating and sleep patterns along with changes in physical appearance (mostly by weight gain) begin to diminish what was once a healthy self esteem. The most baffling symptom of these listed would be the high sex drive that tries to come out through all these and other barriers too much to list.
Women start to become recognized by society as a Cougar, Mom gone crazy, divorcee, depressed, neurotic, angry, bitchy etc. In histories past, doctors called this stage of life “the lonely wife syndrome.” Unfortunately doctors today sometimes misdiagnose this stage and simply label woman as depressed or having an anxiety disorder. It’s also unfortunate that the health profession minimizes this female experience as a hormonal imbalance that can simply be rectified by hormone replacement therapy. The latter has been linked to cancer, which made the issue so crippling that it’s just not talked about among women, who have taken to suffering in silence.
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