Q14. Why do women fear the menopause?

A14. There is a stigma attached to the menopause in which it is viewed as a time when a woman is no longer fertile, is growing old and less attractive than before.

A woman is often seen as old, unattractive and less of a woman after the menopause. Plus this coupled with the fixed image people have of a crazy, hormonal harridan hardly helps matters.

Many women feel a sense of sadness at the fact that their reproductive capacities have come to an end. They are unlikely to have more children which can be difficult to accept.

Plus there is the fact that we live in a society which is youth-centric and judges women on their physical attractiveness. A young woman is seen as having a higher value than an older woman which causes a great deal of stress and worry.

Many women try any number of things to retain their youth as well as holding off the ageing process but the fact remains that we all grow old in the end. The aim is to do it gracefully.

Find out more in our menopause self help and how to survive the menopause sections.


Menopause FAQs

  1. What is the menopause?
  2. What age do you start the menopause?
  3. What is a ‘premature menopause?’
  4. What is the ‘perimenopause?’
  5. What is the ‘premenopause?’
  6. What are symptoms of the menopause?
  7. Can you become pregnant whilst going through the menopause?
  8. Why do you put on weight during the menopause?
  9. What are hot flushes?
  10. My mother started the menopause at the age of 46, will I do the same?
  1. What are mood swings?
  2. Why do women lose interest in sex during the menopause?
  3. Can you still be sexually active after the menopause?
  4. Why do women fear the menopause?
  5. What is HRT?
  6. Why is there so much controversy around HRT?
  7. What treatment is available for the menopause?
  8. How likely am I to develop osteoporosis?
  9. How long does the menopause last?
  10. What is the ‘postmenopause?’

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