The Cultural Conundrum Surrounding Menopause
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 Menopauserus.com- 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!