Even though menopause signifies a transition process for the mature midlife women, the concept remains poorly unwritten among the MENA region. Indeed, different women from the MENA region express assertiveness and exclusive attitude toward the menopause concept. Some characteristics such as gentleness, sweetness, non-competitiveness as well as passivity remain the same in the entire life of an aging woman. Progressive synchronization of the exiting concept attribute to a different understanding of the term menopause. The piece seeks to analyze menopause knowledge and attitude in the MENA region.
Menopause Knowledge, Attitude, Symptom and Management among Midlife Employed Women
According to the article, the author highlighted that social, psychological, mental as well as physical aspect plays an imperative role in the development of the appropriate strategies and program that bolster management of the menopausal instances. Even though the duration and the onset of the menopause transition differ, the concept is a collective sensation among the women. The menopause perception and the knowledge in MENA regions are tailored to population understanding and women samples. Therefore, the culture and the attitude toward menopause are tailored to the various understanding of the phenomena as well as methodological variations. Cultural differences can shape and figure the life stage experiences in spite of similar system portrayed by numerous women. Ideally, the surrounding environment plays an imperative role in the knowledge and understanding of the menopausal transitions.
Menopausal Health Status of Nepalese Women
According to Rajbhandari et al. (2017), transitions in menopause are marked by psychosomatic and vasomotor systems as well as a wavering of the steroid hormones. The most common symptoms of menopause include sleeping problems, mood disorder, and virginal dryness. According to Rajbhandari et al. (2017), menopausal symptoms attributed to depression which in turn affects their education, monthly income as well as occupational status. According to the article, “Menopausal Health Status,” menopause results to problems as well as severe instances which lead to women suffering. The change of hormone level in the body facilitates mood swing experiences. Women experiencing menopause portrays varying attitudes, perception and understanding of life experiences. Their anxiety and depression influence their emotional well-being which in turn affects their attitude toward friends and other members of society.
Refocusing Your Identity in Menopause
In his article, “Refocusing Identity in Menopause,” Berlin (2009) opined that women have a negative attitude toward menopause. They feel distressed since menopause is an indication of the end of the childbearing season. According to Berlin (2019), some women express their amplified sexual relations and desires while others outsource a declined urge or motive toward sexuality. Moreover, hormonal fluctuations attribute to change in physical appearance, and they tend to encounter changes in muscles tone as well as body weight redistribution. In the MENA, varying roles and self-identity changes during the menopause leading to development and emulation of a different attitude.
Menopause and Hrt
According to the article, the majority of the women fail to acquire enough knowledge that reinforces their understanding of menopause. Menopause is a healthy, natural and inevitable change in the women lifecycle. Therefore, welcoming the changes associated with menopause increases personal confidence, a resilient sense of self-awareness and personal identity. On the other hand, women are overwhelmed by emotions grounding on the social and physical impact of the menopause if they are not ready to accept changes associated with the scene. Indeed, the above articles provide a clear insight into how women in the MENA region understand and interpret menopause.
The term menopause is surrounded by different surprising variations induced by various societies, social and ethnic groups. Indeed, the attitude of some individuals in a certain group is tailored to the physical system. In the Arabic areas, the term menopause is used to refer to a category of hopeless age. Religious, the family, as well as cultural issues, has bolstered sovereignty of menopause perceptions. Moreover, social, economic status among other factors in the MENA region has played an imperative role toward instituting different altitude and knowledge toward menopause.
Berlin, E. (2019). Refocusing your identity in menopause. Retrieved on 4 February 2019 from: https://www.everydayhealth.com/menopause/refocusing-your-identity.aspx
Kwak, E., Park, H., & Kang, N. (2014). Menopause knowledge, attitude, symptom and management among midlife employed women. Journal Of Menopausal Medicine, 20(3), pp.118.
Rajbhandari, S., Subedi, R. K., Dangal, G., Phuyal, A., Vaidya, A., Karki, A., & Shrestha, S. (2017). Menopausal health status of Nepalese women. Higher Education, 246, pp.12-13.
Shaheen, S., Mahmood, A. & Kadri, F. (2015). Menopause and hrt; Clinical pattern and awareness. The Professional Medical Journal 22(7), pp.904-909.