Menopause is defined as the end of periods and reproductive ability in women. It is described retrospectively: following one year of no periods. On average womxn enter menopause around 51 years of age. Once in this phase of their lives, women mysteriously disappear. They disappear from our screens, from agendas, and from our discourse.
Menopausal issues such as incontinence, hot flushes, and mood changes, that have a significant impact on quality of life, are not spoken of.
- 1 in 4 women will feel suicidal around the time of menopause
- 1 in 4 women consider leaving their workplace around the time of menopause due to menopausal symptoms and lack of supportive work environments
But the menopause is more than menopausal symptoms.
In this piece, we explore femininity, story telling, language, and advocacy around menopause with Dr. Nighat Arif.