Quiz 8: Menopause and Hormone Therapy

Health & Kinesiology

Menopause was thought to be a tragedy of hypochondria, hysteria and irritability observed in middle aged women during 18 th and 19 th centuries. There were several myths and misconceptions about menopause. Later the view is changed and pharmacological or surgical interventions appear to relieve the menopause tragedy. During 1940 the treatment of menopause was focused on psychiatric conditions such as depression. Culture depicted menopause in women as burden to own self, families and husbands. In the later decades menopause was thought as disease with clinical concern and medical attention is provided to specific symptom relief. Understanding the conditions during menopause had taken very long time in detecting physiological and psychological aspects of menopause than other reproductive health concerns.

Menopause is misunderstood and exaggerated since past century and enough attention or in-depth studies were not available earlier. The medical and public health communities started in-depth research on menopause since few decades and the inaccuracy and misconceptions are overlooked. Now menopause is understood as a normal process of physiological change in women. Open discussions about sexuality and health issues encouraged women to talk about menopause and ageing without embarrassing and fear. For some women ending of menstrual cycles mean freedom from contraceptive use and in some cases increased sexual satisfaction is experienced. Some women feel and appreciate the menopause as ending of discomfort and inconvenience. In some women menopause is thought as freedom from family obligations and increased opportunities. For some women it is the leisure time and gain for financial resources with increased work opportunities and activity of self expression. Still some women feel menopause is normal thing because of continuous intense work of child and parent care. Therefore, for some it is excitement and for some individuals it is normal process.

Open discussions about sexuality and health issues encouraged women to talk about menopause and ageing without embarrassing and fear. For some women ending of menstrual cycles mean freedom from contraceptive use and in some cases increased sexual satisfaction is experienced. Some women feel and appreciate the menopause as ending of discomfort and inconvenience. In some women menopause is thought as freedom from family obligations and increased opportunities. For some women it is the leisure time and gain for financial resources with increased work opportunities and activity of self expression. Still some women feel menopause is normal thing because of continuous intense work of child and parent care. Therefore, for some it is excitement and for some individuals it is normal process.