World Menopause Day

Okay, okay, we know we shouldn’t laugh but today is World Menopause Day and that strikes us as kind of funny. Do we celebrate by having a worldwide hot flash at noon? Do we show our solidarity by wearing a blonde ribbon with gray roots? Heavens knows, we can’t exactly demand a cure for the condition because the alternative to experiencing menopause may be a lot less desirable than living through it.

And, okay, maybe we should get serious and stop trying to make jokes. “While each woman's experience of menopause is unique, one thing is true for all women," Margery L.S. Gass, MD, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a press releaseto Endocrine Today. "Menopause presents an ideal opportunity for women to evaluate their personal health and improve their lifestyle.” And she’s right.

What’s more, for some women the side effects of menopause -- the hot flashes, the night sweats, the  surging hormones -- can cause real problems. How to handle these side effects can also be challenging. Hormone Replacement Therapy, once considered the best option, can have its own side effects while studies of acupuncture and herbal remedies are still inconclusive.

Still, for most women menopause is not a very big deal and many are even relieved that a stage in their lives is over. So dare we say, on World Menopause Day instead of only worrying about osteoporosis in our future, there should be time allotted for a throw-your-tampons-away celebration!

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