World Menopause Day is
celebrated on 18th October - year after year - all over the world. The theme
for world menopause day 2014 is 'prevention of diseases after menopause'.
in simple terms is when
a woman experiences complete cessation of her menstrual
. While the definition of menopause might seem simple, this
phase comes loaded with a host of problems and issues for women. After
menopause, women are prone to an increased risk of the development of chronic
. There is nothing simple about it. But that doesn't mean it
can't me made simple. Now that is the key to living a good and healthy life
Menopause doesn't suddenly
creep up on unsuspecting women. It is a gradual phase that can take years to
manifest. The perimenopausal
years can be
filled with erratic period cycles, hot
and many other problems. But this is just the beginning. The
symptoms worsen as the phase progresses and finally the menstrual cycle
completely stops. Medically a woman mustn't have had her periods for a year for
it to qualify as menopause.
After the menopause a woman
has to deal with risks such as osteoporosis
, mood swings, loss of
lubrication in the vagina, frequent urination, fatigue
, more hot flashes, more night sweats, insomnia
, changes in appetite and
more. The list can seem never-ending. And to call it that won't be amiss.
Menopause for women is
life-altering. Not only do they have to deal with perimenopausal symptoms for
years, they have to deal with various health issues, complications and
completely transform their lives to deal with symptoms of menopause.
But are all women equipped
to deal with life after menopause or even the years leading up to menopause?
This is where the significance of World Menopause
day - does it matter?
The International Menopause
Society (IMS) fixed October 18th
as the World Menopause Day. The aim
to designate a day for menopause was to make nations rise up to the challenge
to make menopausal health an important issue and work towards raising awareness
and fund more research into this area. The idea was to also make women aware of
the health issues after menopause and ways to prevent them.
Menopause day was instituted in 1984 but it is
only in recent years that more and more people are becoming aware of it and
media has also begun to highlight the event.
IMS has done incredible work
to bring awareness to life after menopause all over the world. But this isn't
enough. It is important for communities to come together to work towards
building a society where menopause is not a taboo topic. It is up to the
nations especially developing nations, to launch awareness campaigns to make
their womenfolk aware of menopause
, what it means and how
to make lifestyle
to improve the quality of their lives after menopause.