Dr. Sharolyn Dihigo, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC,FNP-C // May 06, 2019

At Smooth Transition, we want to celebrate all women for Mother’s Day, especially our own mother’s who silently experienced the symptoms of menopause and never complained.  Ever since the evolution of menopause, women have suffered silently. And to this day, an AARP survey showed this is still astoundingly true!

Here are some highlights from the AARP Survey Results July 2018

  • 75% of women state menopausal symptoms interfere in their lives
  • 9% state these symptoms are debilitating
  • 33% ages 40-89 have never received information about menopause
  • Only 50% of women have ever discussed their symptoms with their healthcare provider
  • 11% stated their healthcare provider was not sympathetic

So why is menopause still such a taboo topic to discuss?

Some may say it’s embarrassing to discuss such personal information, but menopause is a tribulation of physical and emotional, the worst thing a woman can do is try to face it alone.  Others say because of the severity of the symptoms, they feel depressed, and if they do open up to someone, they are afraid their feelings or symptoms may be dismissed.

Some say women are so shockingly ill-prepared, menopause catches them off guard.  The average age of menopause is 51, but some women experience menopause in their early or late 40s.  And the word menopause itself seems to have a negative connotation stressing aging and atrophy all at the same time.

Lastly, women are not well informed that symptoms such as vaginal dryness, lack of libido, sleep changes, late-onset acne, mood swings, or skin changes are part of menopause.  It’s not until the first hot flash or night sweat that women realize they are experiencing menopausal changes.  Even then, most women suffer in silence and only about half will bring up the subject with their healthcare provider.

That’s why at Smooth Transition Menopause Solutions, we have a strong commitment to educating women experiencing perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms.  Menopause may be a right of passage and an inevitable event in every woman's life, but no woman should have to suffer in silence.

Speak up and join us on Menopause Talk, our Facebook Group, specially designed as an open forum discussion for ‘all things menopause’.  You can share your experiences, ask for input from other members, or have a good laugh or two, but know you are part of a loving group of women who understand what you are going through.  No woman should have to face menopause alone.

Happy Mother’s Day to all women! Let’s celebrate and start a conversation!

References:
https://www.aarp.org/research/topics/health/info-2018/menopause-experiences-healthcare.html

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