World Menopause Day - 18 October.

On October 18th, World Menopause Day raises awareness of menopause and for menopausal women to realize the support options available to improve their health and wellbeing.

If you are a woman, there is no escaping menopause. Every woman will reach a point in their life in which they no longer have their period. A woman reaches menopause after it’s been one year since their last period. For many women, reaching menopause stirs up various emotions. Women are happy to no longer have their menstrual cycle. However, this can be devastating as well as it means their childbearing years are over. This can be especially difficult for women who reach menopause early. Most women experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. The average age is 51 years old. About 1 in 100 women reach menopause before the age of 40.

Menopause can be difficult for other reasons as well. The fluctuations in hormones cause symptoms that can be hard to manage. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse
  • Insomnia and other kinds of sleep disturbances
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Moodiness and irritability

Some women’s symptoms are so severe that they interfere with daily activities. To help manage their symptoms, women should stay active, drink enough water, and eat a healthy diet. Some women also choose hormone therapy. After a woman has reached menopause, they go through postmenopause. During this time, women are more vulnerable to certain health issues. These health issues include osteoporosis, heart disease, urinary tract infections, weight gain, and urinary incontinence.

Menopause can be a challenging time for women. For this reason, it’s important they reach out to their doctor for help. Finding a support system is also extremely beneficial.

The International Menopause Society (IMS) has held a World Menopause Day since 2009. The day has always been observed on October 18th. Every year, the IMS chooses a specific theme on which they focus. 

The World Menopause Day theme for 2022 is "Cognition and Mood". 

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com


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