Medicalising the menopause

Over the past half-century, the social terrain of health and illness has been transformed. What were once considered normal human events and common human problems, such as birth, ageing and the menopause, are now considered medical conditions.

For better or worse, medicine increasingly permeates daily life. We have increased use of prescription drugs to manage the ‘symptoms’ of the menopause and it’s status as a passage of power to what could be called The Wise Woman is being rapidly diminished in favour of an emphasis on looking and staying ‘young’.

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  1. I had a hysterectomy with ovaries kept intact 7 years ago for fibroids which suddenly increased in size and caused a range of distressing symptoms. Was perfectly fine till a year ago when i started mild menopausal symptoms . Went to a gynaec who was bent on starting HRT. I refused and started a regime of exercise, yoga and eating less.Feel a lot better. My mother, aunts and mother-in law never dreamed of taking HRT- menopause was something that just happened.Why should I be any different?