Did you know that World Menopause Day is celebrated every October 18 ?
It is a special date and the perfect opportunity to talk and educate about this stage of life. Because, strange as it may seem, too many women have doubts, taboos and fears, even those who are experiencing menopause or perimenopause right now.
Is it hard for you to believe it? So, don't miss the most relevant results of a very interesting survey about how women go through menopause.
I'll just give you this information: 92% of those surveyed said they needed more education about perimenopause and menopause... Keep reading, you're going to be surprised.
How much do you know about menopause?
To carry out the survey "The State of Menopause 2022 " the Bonafide company interviewed 1039 women between 40 and 65 years of age in the United States.
They wanted to understand what they know about menopause, how they feel physically and emotionally, who they talk to about it, if they know of treatments or are already using them.
All to find ways to help them prepare for, manage and treat symptoms. These were the results...
Knowledge about perimenopause
Perimenopause means “around menopause” and is the transition stage between the reproductive stage and the menopause .
According to the survey, more and more women are aware of the signs and symptoms of perimenopause. But they need more information to better prepare them for what is to come.
- 30% of women ages 40-44 proactively talked to a health professional about perimenopause before they had symptoms, but only 15% of women ages 55-65 did.
- 25% do not know when perimenopause usually begins.
- 31% do not know treatment options.
- 28% knew how to take care of themselves during perimenopause before it appeared.
- 42% of women between the ages of 55 and 65 were not prepared for the duration of perimenopause.
Signs and symptoms of the menopause transition
When menopause is already a fact, new symptoms appear that range from mild to other more problematic ones such as not being able to lose weight with anything.
The truth is that more than half of those surveyed said they were not prepared for them and expressed their desire to know more about “what awaited them”.
- Only 6% felt prepared for the symptoms of menopause.
- 52% had no idea how to deal with hot flashes.
- 51% did not prepare to deal with insomnia problems nor do they have sleeping techniques .
- 49% did not know how to handle night sweats.
- 47% were not ready to treat brain fog, depression, anxiety and stress.
- 43% experienced low libido, causing them 33% less confidence in bed.
Faced with so much ignorance, some chose treatments that did not work for them and others decided to "put up with the symptoms until they pass."
Male Menopause Awareness
The support of men during menopause could not be left out, since it can make a big difference in the emotional state of women during the climacteric.
The study included not only their spouses or romantic partners, but also male immediate family members.
- 58% of women feel supported by their spouse/romantic partner, but 23% do not feel supported by siblings, parents, or children.
- 29% feel a lack of understanding from their partner about sexual intercourse during menopause.
- 41% said they would feel more supported by the men in their lives if they were more educated on the subject and discussed it together.
- 31% of women ages 40-44 said their spouse/romantic partner knew a lot about menopause before talking to them about it, while only 15% of 55-65 year-olds said the same.
Attitudes/thoughts about aging as a woman
Menopause is often associated with old age and 25% of women feel aversion towards it. And while 44% don't feel "old" yet, they think negative age stigmas affect how the media treats menopause.
- 36% suffer from anxiety about aging and feel there is pressure from the media to “age gracefully”.
- 30% do not feel safe accepting their age.
- 32% think that there are more stereotypes and prejudices towards older women than in previous years.
- 34% would feel more supported as they get older if the issue was talked about more in the media in an appropriate way.
Do you realize that World Menopause Day is worth celebrating?
If we all raise our voices and make the issue go viral, we can help change the perspective and show women and their families that it is not the end of life or a tragedy.
On the contrary, it can be a new beginning to redirect their habits, recover their health, well-being, look and feel as great or even more wonderful than when they were young.
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