Every year, World Menopause Day is celebrated on October 18th to raise awareness and normalize the fact that the onset of menopause is a natural and completely normal part of every woman’s aging and not a cause for shame or excitement.
In the past, female menopause caused many questions and controversies among physicians and scientists. In England, doctors considered it a disease and came up with a cure: a special mixture of carbonated drinks before bedtime. Other doctors prescribed opium and cannabis as drugs to reduce menopausal symptoms. Belladonna patches were placed in the epigastric fossa and injections of lead acetate were made. Until the 1930s, menopause was described exclusively as a disease, with more and more new methods and drugs invented to treat it. However, none of these treatments were effective and only relieved symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy is still used to reduce symptoms. The first World Menopause Month was held in October 2014, when international health organizations began to promote the company for the prevention of diseases that occur after menopause.
- Around 350 B.C., Aristotle spoke of a special period in 40-year-old women when they can no longer bear children.
- The term “menopause” was introduced by the French doctor Charles Pierre Louis de Gardan in 1821.
- In 2001, the film “Menopause: The Musical” was released, featuring 25 humorous songs that touched on this important topic.
How to take part
On the occasion of World Menopause Day, people around the world can learn more about this special period in women’s lives. It is important to understand what symptoms of menopause may be accompanied by, such as hot flashes or colds, sweating and drowsiness, headache, changes in normal blood pressure, and irritability. It is important to treat your own body with care and love during the onset of menopause – more rest, calmness, and relaxation is needed.
When is World Menopause Day celebrated in 2023?
World Menopause Day is observed on October 18 each year.