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The Menopause

Want to know what’s worse than this freezing cold New England weather? Hot flashes in the freezing cold weather. Heat on, heat off; layers on, layers off; covers on, covers off; my internal thermostat is all out of whack. I’m freezing one minute and roasting the next. I’m in the midst of ‘The Change’; what I’ll change into I’m not yet sure. But no doubt about it, hormones are powerful little chemicals.

I’ve been reading up on menopause lately and have many of the common symptoms: Hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, mood swings, trouble sleeping, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, headaches, electric shock sensations (this one is fun). But being a nurse, I knew all of these symptoms were normal. What did surprise me was a look at the history of the treatment of menopause.

I’m sure glad I’m not living in Victorian times when ‘The Change’ was seen as a sign of lunacy! It was generally felt that these women should be locked up. And many were. In addition to the asylum, women were subjected to all sorts of unnecessary and dangerous ‘treatments’ and surgeries.

Here is a short but fascinating summery of the history of the treatment of menopause. After reading this it appears that the male doctors were the lunatics, not the poor women.

The mad, mad menopause: LOUISE FOXCROFT charts its fascinating, and sometimes gruesome, history…

My treatment for menopause? Let nature take it’s course.


3 thoughts on “The Menopause

  1. george says:

    I have always called it MentalPause (not for what it does to women) for the way men respond to this normal change of the reproductive life and needs of women around them.

    No it is not funny.

  2. Lance Chambers says:

    I couldn’t agree more. The doctors must be the lunatics and not those poor women. Lucky for us because we live in the era where there are alternative treatments and therapies for women to help ease the symptoms.
    It’s also a good thing that women are now taking charge of their bodies by gaining access to the internet so that they will be able to work hand in hand with their health care provider to determine what medical care they need.


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