Normalising Menopause

Why talk about menopause?

Worried about menopause? Have you talked to someone about it? These are questions that should be ok to ask. Why is it that Menopause has become a taboo subject. It is a normal stage in life that women go through and there is no shame in it. So we decided to openly talk about menopause and demystify the subject.  

What is menopause?

Menopause is a point in time 12 months after a woman’s final period. So if you don’t experience you monthly cycle for consecutive months, dont worry. The years leading up to that point, when women may have changes in their monthly mensus, hot flashes, or other symptoms, are called the menopausal transition or perimenopause [1].  The menopausal transition typically starts between ages 45-55. At this stage it is perfectly normal to start feeling symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings. If you are not sure what you are going through or need guidance, contact your GP who would be able to help.  Menopausal transition lasts about seven years but can be as long as 14 years. The duration may depend on lifestyle factors such as race, age and smoking. During perimenopause, the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones made by the ovaries, varies significantly. The menopausal transition affects each woman uniquely and in various ways. The body begins to use energy differently, fat cells change, and women may gain weight more easily. You may experience changes in your bone or heart health, your body shape and composition, or your physical function.

What it might feel and look like?

Symptoms of menopause are many and affect different women in different ways [1] but here are some ways you might feel and it may show up:
  1. Hot flashes
  2. Change in periods
  3. Mood swings
  4. Loss of bladder control
  5. Sleep problems

When is the best time to speak about menopause?

Menopause should not be a topic that is off limits. Rather younger and older women should feel comfortable talking about it since it is part of the normal life of a woman. It can be embarrassing for some and possibly a topic that is scary for others, but the best thing is to have open conversations to ensure women are more prepared for this stage in life. The right time is when you are prepared to talk about it. 

Related content

To know more about this topic, check out episode#44 on DOTIVthepodcast titled Is there a right time to speak about menopause?” with hosts Guni & Thasha and guest Wendy Molefi.


  1. BRIGGS, P., 2021. MENOPAUSE. [S.l.]: KARGER.
Normalising Menopause

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