Who Needs Menopause Awareness Month?

by Holly Osterman

When most people think of September, they probably picture the kids going back to school, a new box of crayons, high school football games or the leaves turning color. But if you’re among the many women facing menopause symptoms, your thoughts likely center around mood swings, migraines, and anxiety. And if you haven’t already heard, September is Menopause Awareness Month.

Big deal, right? After all, September is also National Honey Month, National Yoga Month, and National College Savings Month. So why do we need more people to stand up and take notice of this crazy stage in our lives?

We need Menopause Awareness Month for the women who wake up around the world everyday and wonder “Is it me or is this menopause?” There are 6000 women who reach menopause everyday in the United States alone. And they’re searching for answers, treatments for their symptoms and validation of their feelings. But it’s not always that easy for them to find what they are looking for. Sometimes, a little acknowledgement that the transition is rough would go a long way.

We need Menopause Awareness Month for their husbands and partners. They’re often confused by the not-so-subtle changes to their better halves. We need to educate them about the signs and symptoms of menopause so that they can provide support and a shoulder to cry on.

We need Menopause Awareness Month for the medical community and the doctors we trust to guide us. Women are often desperate for help when it comes to solving the mystery of menopause and want to be taken seriously. They want their doctors to have the most current and up-to-date information, especially with regard to hormone replacement therapy, natural remedies and how diet and exercise can be especially helpful in managing symptoms.

We need Menopause Awareness Month for the writers, reporters, and media outlets so that they can continue to bring menopause into the mainstream. Women want information and menopause is not the taboo topic it was for our mother’s generation.

We need Menopause Awareness Month for society to notice that menopause isn’t just a punchline in a sitcom or a funny saying on a coffee mug. Menopause might be affecting their mom, coworker, or best friend. Can you cut them some slack on an off-day? Sure you can. Ask them how they’re feeling. Bring them a cold glass of water. Be nice.

But who needs Menopause Awareness Month the most? You do. If you’re one of the millions of women tackling menopause symptoms on a daily basis, this is the perfect opportunity for you or someone you know to learn more about menopause, meet other women going through the same thing and share your experiences.

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Margaret Ferrante, MD September 9, 2012 at 3:27 am

Boy is this a refreshing article! I have been visiting menopause websites and most do not mention that September is Menopause Awareness month! I love your blog, so I’m joining!

Hope you like mine too…

Margaret A. Ferrante, MD

Dr. Margaret Aranda, Author

maria ramirez October 9, 2012 at 12:56 am

I went through early menapause I am 52 yrs. old and I am having problems sleeping. I feel my skin getting thin. Are there any vitamins or creams to trick your body into thinking it still young I am vein I know that is bad but I hate seeing wrinkles and feeling so slugish. I don’t have any sex drive anymore. Should I see a doctor. Are their any vitamins to take to keep your skin looking young and to keep your body strong. I’ve heard that Vitamin D and Collegene is good for you what other thing can I do?

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