World Menopause Day seeks to tank the taboo of menopause talk

If you’re walking down the greeting card section of your favorite store you likely won’t find a card commemorating World Menopause Day.

Too bad.

October 18th was designated as World Menopause Day in 1984 as an annual day of recognition for hot flashes, night sweats – generally all things menopausal.

The World Health Organization and International Menopause Society organized this special day as a way to promote education and awareness of this topic, despite general squeamishness of discussing “the change” openly.

**World Menopause Day has a mission: **

*Encouraging women to feel comfortable discussing menopause-related health issues and to raise menopause awareness as a visible public health priority. *

**The theme of World Menopause Day 2019 is “Testosterone for Women at Midlife.” **

“The purpose of the day is to raise awareness on the menopause and support options for improving health and well-being,” said IMS on its website. “We encourage professionals and women to participate in this global awareness raising campaign by printing and sharing these materials, organizing events to engage their communities, and sharing World Menopause Day social media posts.”

WHO and IMS members and healthcare providers worldwide use World Menopause Day to spark medical research, circulate health information and promote public awareness about menopause, a 2013 blog posted on the Poise feminine products website said.

The Poise post noted that local entities will sponsor activities dedicated to women’s healthcare issues. Such local events can help to encourage patients to seek out information and discuss various health concerns encountered during and after menopause.