World Menopause Month
World Menopause Month is observed annually in October and its purpose is to raise awareness about menopause and the support options that are available to women for improving their well-being and their health.
Menopause is often referred to as the “change of life” and usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 years, although some women may go through menopause earlier. It signals the end of a woman’s ability to have children with the cessation of her menstrual period.
Although science believes that menopause is largely determined by genetics, chemotherapy, smoking and other things can accelerate ovary decline and result in menopause happening earlier.
The History Of World Menopause Month
This month was first observed in October 2014. It was created by the International Menopause Society to raise awareness about the chronic diseases that may affect women after they’ve gone through menopause.
It has since been observed on a yearly basis as a way to raise awareness among women about the support options they have available to them as they go through menopause.
Facts About Menopause
We’ve uncovered some important facts about menopause that we would like to share with everyone observing World Menopause Month. We think that people reading this article will find the following facts to be quite informative.
- The average age of menopause is 51 years old.
- Perimenopause may begin a few years before menopause is complete.
- During perimenopause, menstrual cycles may become irregular or occur less often. Menstrual flow may also increase.
- When menopause occurs before the age of 40, it’s known as premature menopause.
- Symptoms of menopause include vaginal dryness, hair changes, fatigue, hot flashes, skin dryness, and insomnia.
- Menopause can be treated through hormone replacement therapy, estrogen therapy, and non-hormonal treatments such as anti-depressants.
- Menopause typically starts 12 months after the last period.
- Hot flashes typically last between 6 months and 2 years but can continue over 10+ years in some women.
- The body doesn’t completely stop producing estrogen during menopause.
- As life expectancy increases, many people are beginning to see menopause not as an end but as a new beginning.
Observing World Menopause Month
All around the world, there are events observed during World Menopause Month. This is a good month for women going through menopause to seek support from their doctors, their family, and their friends. People should also spread the word about this month using the hashtag #WorldMenopauseMonth on social media.