Breaking the Stigma of Menopause

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Menopause is a time that women aren't particularly excited about or looking forward to because one, it signifies aging. It's a part of aging. And I think it's just one of those things that really is a distinct marker for women that we are getting older, and we have lost the ability to bear children. But I think-- I think today it's a little different in that women are increasingly refusing to be defined by their reproductive status.

But I think some of the things that happen in menopause are what women dread. And that can be the hot flashes, or the night sweats, and the weight gain that comes along with both menopause and aging. But some of the other things like vaginal dryness, and pain with sex, and those sorts of things. And none of it sounds terribly appealing, right?

So I think the important thing to note is one, educate yourself. The experience of menopause varies across women, and across populations of women, and across different ethnicities, and different locations on the globe. And so it is highly variable, and know that there are treatments available as well.

We don't need to be resigned to going through our mother's menopause. Women today are going to take control of their menopause symptoms and their experience, and I think that's a very good thing. We're changing the conversation about it, and just the very fact that we're having a conversation about it is going to make this go much better for so many women.