An “Op-Doc” from The New York Times called “Menopause Stories” is a much-needed, candid discussion of what happens at the onset of and throughout menopause. It’s a first-person account of five women in varying stages of “the change.”
One was just 34 when she discovered she was entering menopause. Another was on the other side of it and finally free of symptoms. Each woman had a different experience, but what they all had in common was that they were 100% underprepared for the overwhelming life changes menopause would bring.
For example, one thought her heater broke when she began having hot flashes (if only). The stories are real, raw, and all too relatable, but they’re also way too rare. So rare, in fact, that the piece generated hundreds of comments from women who were grateful for the short documentary.
The comments might actually be the best part of the whole thing. Some are funny, some are sad, some are sexy, others are grateful, and I couldn’t stop reading them. Because they made one thing incredibly clear: we want to hear more about menopause.
Yep, We Want *More* Menopause
…more menopause discussion, at least. Comments from all across the U.S. poured in after the publication of “Menopause Stories.” They made clear that we want more of these stories. Here’s hoping that mainstream publishers, medical professionals, drug companies, and entrepreneurs get the hint.
After all, a recent report shows menopause is a $600 billion opportunity waiting for investment. While we wait, here are some of our favorites from the 600+ comments.
- “I have never commented on an article of any kind before. All I want to say to the filmmaker and to the women in this film is thank you. So many women do not understand this most basic bodily function that will happen to them. Everyone wants to share their life experiences of childbirth. But no one wants to talk about “the change.” We must talk about it to each other.” — Carrie (Washington, D.C.)
- “Menopausal women aren’t to be underestimated as a talent pool for master assassins. We could get in and out without a trace because no one sees us anyway. — Carol (Minneapolis, MN)
- “If this happened to men, they would get four years off to ‘re-balance,’ moisturizer would be free, and so would the GYN.” — RogueOne (Philadelphia, PA)
- “This piece helped me to realize that I blame myself for much of what is naturally happening to me…why can’t I focus? Why can’t I get more done, why am I so damn tired today, why can’t I pull it together and be productive like I was in my 20’s?” — Mliss (Texas)
- “My mother claimed she never suffered through menopause, but the rest of my family did.” — Moonstone (Texas)
- “This was incredibly reassuring to me in my beginning stages of perimenopause (<— Seriously, spell check doesn’t even recognize this word—how’s that for a topic no one will discuss!)” — Megan (Spokane, WA)
- “I also lost all libido for a couple years. But, big surprise, when I came out on the other side, I became a hot mama; best sex of my life was after 55!” — Zgirl (Massachusetts)
- “The fact that women are expected to experience what is a natural but often monumentally torturous experience in silence, and in shame, is evidence of our second-class status in this country.” — Maggie (Seattle, WA)