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.