Menopause: The New Approach, a Sense of Humor and Having Fun

When the WHI’s study on HRT (Hormone Replacement

Therapy) was halted prematurely due to health concerns for

its participants, the United States’ 45 million menopausal

women were left to fend for themselves. Some kicked HRT

cold-turkey, suffering the immediate and ferocious

onslaught of hot flashes, night sweats and heart

palpitations. Others remained on HRT choosing the threat

of increased risks of many fatal diseases over the

unpleasantness of menopausal symptoms. Still others

sought alternative treatments and remedies to help cope

with the hormonal changes.

In a culture that celebrates youth more than any other

society in the world, millions of women have been forced to

look aging square in the crow’s footed eye. Ever since the

menopause cure was yanked from women’s grasps how

are they coping? As Marilyn Kentz and Nancy Alspaugh say

in their book Not Your Mother’s Midlife, “All you need is a

sense of perspective and a sense of humor…”

With that philosophy in mind, a growing trend of

menopausal entertainment and community highlights one

very important medical fact: FUN is the safest prescription

for menopause. A slew of clubs, websites, theatrical

productions and even a pop–up book, all dedicated to

menopause and aging, have cropped up; proving that when

all else fails, a menopausal woman can always feel better

by having a good time.

In the Red Hat Society, a country-wide community

organization, gangs of 50+ women clad in red hats descend

on malls, coffee shops, restaurants and even national

talk-shows, and act the way they wish they had when they

were younger. The message is clear: aging women are not

ready to shrivel up and die just yet.

MenOpop is the world’s first menopause pop-up and activity

book that with its 3-D pop-up uterus, The Menopause Fairy

and MenOland –The Board Game, lets menopausal women

and their friends and family laugh and play through

understanding menopause.

Keep your eye on the theatre, and you’ll see the national tour

of “Menopause the Musical.” Menopause is even infiltrating

your computer through entertainment websites devoted to

hot flashing and mood swinging. Currently online there is

[http://www.minnipauz.com], which features humorous cartoons

and http://www.menopop.com, an entertainment website where

it’s “cool to be hot.” A companion to the pop-up book, it

features online video games, virtual paper dolls, a

print-and-make-your-own pop-up bookmark, and community

tip-swapping.

So, join the fun and try this new approach for yourself with

the MenO “Pop-Quiz”:

1. How many women are going through menopause right

now?

A. Just you.

B. You and a guest.

C. Millions, and millions, and millions, and you.

2. What happens after menopause?

A. There’s something after menopause?

B. People no longer cower when you enter the room.

C. You find yourself making finger puppets out of your

unused tampons.

3. What are the warning signs that you are menopausal?

A. You are surrounded by idiots.

B. You’re looking forward to the next Ice Age

C. What was the question, again?

Answers: (there are no answers, just many many more

questions…)



Source by Michelle Cohen

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