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World Menopause Day—Normalising a ‘taboo’

Did you know that there is a World Menopause Day? It was actually last Friday, October 18, the purpose of which is to raise awareness on the impact of menopause in the everyday lives of women.

Menopause is not an often-discussed subject, and short of associating it with hot flashes as a result of depleting estrogen levels, it is something to be thought about only when you’ve crossed forty. And certainly, there can be little empathy. Menopause is flippantly joked about when an older woman is irritable, a later-life PMS of sorts, but in actuality many women experience more severe symptoms which prove disruptive to their lives and may affect their mental well-being.

Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45–55, although a few may experience it earlier. Some common symptoms are:

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