The Cultural Conundrum Surrounding Menopause


Menopause happens to all women and brings with it numerous physical, emotional and psychological changes.

This process might be met with feelings of relief, peace and acceptance-or depression, anxiety and illness.

How a woman accepts this inevitable time in her life depends largely upon the cultural and societal norms that prevail in her life.

What makes this so?

Women’s responses to Menopause vary significantly from culture to culture.

The more the culture in question views Menopause as a natural occurrence-not a disease process- the more enriching Menopause will be for the woman.

The more Menopause is viewed as a ‘loss’ -of youth, vitality, beauty- the more likely a woman will experience pain, illness and emotional issues as she makes the transition.

Most Western Cultures, where birth control is prevalent and the cultures are rather ‘youth driven’ find Menopause to be a ‘loss’.

Studies conducted in these countries reveal more negative physical and emotional symptoms accompanying Menopause.

In Australia, almost 80% of women suffer with various Menopause-related ailments, while women in non-Western cultures seem to have a much easier transition.

So, why this startling difference? You just might be surprised…

Throughout Africa, menopause affords equality between men and women for the first time in a woman’s life- and can be a very welcomed transition.

In Italy, Menopause is thought to be the ‘Third Age’ and is approached positively-as a totally natural part of a woman’s life.

Physical symptoms may get to these women, but their peace with the process helps them prevail and thrive-all the while maintaining their sexuality.

In Japan, Menopause is viewed as a very positive occurrence, as this particular culture is Age-friendly.

Women moving through Menopause in Asia are viewed as having increasing worth; gaining honor in society instead of being pushed aside.

Sikh, Mayan, East Indian and Filipino women share positive Menopausal experiences.

The common denominator surrounding the Menopause process in these cultures seems to be this:

Women in these countries, once menstruation and childbearing cease- gain importance, respect and parity in what are predominantly male-dominated cultures.

The women in these cultures are actually transitioning TO something, rather than away from something.

-This appears to be key in having a healthy Menopause experience.

-Never has the saying ‘Change your thoughts, Change your Life’ proven more true

Carrie Pierce has worked exclusively in the skin care, health and beauty industry for over 25 years.

She’s a licensed Aesthetician, is certified in Color Analysis and has built a solid, international reputation in the field of holistic, menopausal skin care; specializing in harmful cosmetic ingredients and industry practices.

She’s a recognized speaker and published writer- having written numerous articles in women’s health and beauty publications and she is Founder and President of The ultimate natural help and support site for women in need of peri menopause and menopause relief.

It’s her mission to help make menopause ‘The Change for the Better’- for women everywhere!





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  • I’ve always dreaded menopause and I think that is because I knew nothing about it — and what positive things it might bring with it. And, unlike, some of the cultures you reference above, it seems we detest aging so much that women don’t permit ourselves to actually –gasp — look forward to this stage of life! Here’s a fun quiz from Womwn to Women that really opened my eyes about what menopause does — and doesn’t mean. My score was pretty low! Test your menopause IQ

  • Monica

    I got a 10 out of 12. I guess all my reading is paying off! 🙂

  • Pudden

    I had a hysterectomy at 29. That’s when I felt the ‘freedoms’ some women seem to experience with menopause. Menopause brought terrible things for me and I had not given it one thought when I was running around at 45 with a 26 inch waist and wearing a bikini for several modeling gigs. It hit me like a ton of bricks, the year I turned 46 and I was suddenly falling asleep at my desk in the middle of the afternoon. I went to bed at 8pm, only to awaken at 10pm for the rest of the night; my skin was dry and wrinkly and pealing, my hair was falling out; Depression was at the top of the list and I have a wonderful life! oh and I almost forgot about the 30+ lbs I gain literally overnight. My memory completely left me and I began to have bowel and concentration problems. Oh and the hot flashes and night sweats were almost unbearable at about 40 per day! I saw NOTHING good about menopause!

    Biodenticals have given me some relief, but I am still holding onto most of the weight and it is devastating to me at a mere 5 ft. 2. I have NOwhere to put extra weight. My memory is clearing. My concentration is better and my skin and hair are slowly showing signs of recovery. I am sleeping about 5 hours per night night, which beats the ONE-three hours I used to get and I feel MUCH better. Now if this weight would come off, and my body would begin to respond to the 3 workouts a day and the clean eating I do, I’d be batting a thousand! I guess getting it right is a work in process.

    MENOPAUSE: It’s a bad thing for me..I feel like my youth was pulled out from under me in a six month period, but I’m trying to be proactive in attacking the dang monster!!


  • Sarah

    Hi Everyone!
    You should try a natural, herbal, Ayurvedic remedy for menopause symptoms. Shatavari is a great, rejuvenative herb for women.
    You can find it on many sites, but i use as i’ve never had a problem with them, and they often have good offers on.
    Good Luck!

  • Carrie~
    Having visited your web site, I felt it a must to connect. Perhaps we’ll be able to chat in real time in the near future. Please let me know if you are interested.
    I,too, am on a mission to help midlife and Boomer women live their best ~ gracefully and elegantly.
    All the best,

  • Monica

    Good job Pudden! I am glad you told your story. It feels very similar to mine….except for the modeling gigs! 🙂 I am also hanging onto about 25 pounds I would like to get rid of. It’s my New Year’s Resolution. Stick with ONE plan, and stop the wine until I lose it. (My sleep will invariably improve as well!)