Every year, World Menopause Day is celebrated on October 18th. Menopause is a natural and completely normal part of every woman’s aging, but many still feel embarrassed about it. This holiday exists to raise everyone’s awareness of this period, as well as to normalize the fact that the onset of menopause is not a cause for shame and excitement.
In the past, female menopause caused many questions and controversies among physicians and scientists. For example, in England, doctors considered it a disease and came up with a cure – patients had to use a special mixture of carbonated drinks before bedtime. Other doctors have prescribed women opium and cannabis as drugs to reduce menopausal symptoms. Patients were also offered a patch with belladonna, which was placed in the epigastric fossa, and in addition, injections of lead acetate were made.
Until the 1930s, menopause was described exclusively as a disease, for the treatment of which more and more new methods and drugs were invented. Naturally, none of them was effective, and, at most, relieved the symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy, for example, is still used to reduce symptoms. The first World Menopause Month was held in 2014 in October. At that time, 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, in which there are 25 humorous songs that in one way or another touch on this important topic.
How to celebrate
On the occasion of World Menopause Day, people around the world can read more about this special period in women’s lives. Of great importance is the knowledge and understanding of what symptoms of menopause may be accompanied by: hot flashes or colds, sweating and drowsiness, headache, changes in normal blood pressure, irritability. You should not be afraid of any of these symptoms, but it is important to treat your own body with care and love – during the onset of menopause, he needs more rest, calmness and relaxation.
When is World Menopause Day celebrated in 2022?
World Menopause Day is observed on October 18 each year.