The change: Menopause no longer the secret it used to be

Sturgis Journal


By Geri Nikolai
Posted Apr 26, 2010 @ 01:22 PM
Last update Apr 27, 2010 @ 04:39 PM

There was no “Menopause the Musical” when our mothers and grandmothers went through “the change.”

There were no garish T-shirts with big letters proclaiming “When I am old I shall wear purple, with a red hat that doesn’t go …”

There was not only no humor about this transition in a woman’s life, there was very little talk. Grandma only whispered about the symptoms to her very closest friend.

But here we are in 2010, and women talk openly and even joke about menopause. They seek medical care from doctors who no longer push the issue aside as something only God can control. And, with longer and healthier lives, women are able to enjoy the good things that menopause brings.

Ask any woman who has found that life can get better after 50.

“Menopause is really quite a freeing experience,” says Janna Becherer, at 57 the owner of Brynwood (Ill.) Relationship Counseling, an activist in literacy, arts and other circles, a wife, mother and postmenopausal woman.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.