Suffering in Silence: Middle Aged Women and Menopause (A Study from India)

Prof. (Dr.) Sabiha Hussain
Menopause is the expected end of reproductive life. Although the menopausal transition is part of the normal aging process, the hormonal changes occurring at this stage of life alter the health-risk profile of women and manifest acutely in the form of vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. The menopausal transition may also be a source of psychological distress or instability. Collectively, these adverse physical and mental health changes may negatively impact quality of life (QOL) as women transition through menopause. Menopause has also been identified as a time when women are vulnerable to developing emotional and mental health issues, post reproductive health issues, issue of sexuality or sex, body image and questioning individual positioning in the family. Hence, changes in the middle age are sometimes perceived as a disease or a time of physical and emotional turmoil that affect the overall wellbeing of women. Why is it so? Is this because it really is a time full of turmoil or is this perception of menopause as a disease, a cultural stigma? What are the perceptions and attitudes of women and people around them towards menopause? How did they cope the changes and mental stresses of the menopausal period? This paper deals with some of these issues.
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