1) Blame it on history:We can’t quite get our heads around this, but classical medicine actually defined women as deformed males, who came closer to the ‘male ideal’ after their Menopause Facts ‘transformation’. If that wasn’t brutal enough, menopausal woman were seen to have lost their femininity, beauty, fertility and status – and they stood at the ‘gateway to death’. These beliefs helped form the basis of modern Western medicine and our attitudes arise directly from such historical perceptions of the menopause. Men, eh?
2) The deadly menopause disease:The idea that the menopause was a disease was first introduced in 1710 – and it was percieved as the worst of all the ‘calamities’ to beset ‘a sex that seems destined to support the largest share of human misery’.