All women enter menopause at this or that age irrespective of the culture and place on the globe. In some countries menopause usually starts at the age of 40 or earlier, in other places women enter menopause when they are in their 50s. In general, menopause is looked upon as a rather difficult transitional period associated insomnia, sweating, nervous strains, vaginal dryness, overall irritation, etc.
But is there anything positive about menopause? If we consider it cross-culturally, obviously, the answer is yes. So let’s have a brief look at how different cultures answer this question.
Believe it or not, but in Botswana women actually look forward to menopause. Menopause is associated with freedom there. There’s no need to worry about periods and unpleasant sensations connected with them. Furthermore, a woman doesn’t have to think about getting pregnant anymore. You just feel more freedom. Maybe because of this many Botswana women report increased libido, what’s quite unusual for their age. But it’s a fact.
In some Asian countries menopause is regarded as the “second spring“ in woman’s life. In Japan there’s a reverent attitude to woman’s aging. Asians have much more respect for older people as opposed to Western cultures, which focus on youthful beauty. It’s interesting to note that women in Asian countries even don’t suffer from menopause symptoms to the same degree. Of course, much depends on difference in dieting habits and lifestyle, but values, attitudes and expectations should not be underestimated.
Women descending from Maya Indians on the Yucatan peninsula also look forward to menopause, as it marks a new and important phase of their lives. It is the time when woman’s spiritual qualities culminate and, consequently, she gains a higher status and respect in society.
Summing it up, Western menopausal women have much to learn from women from other cultures. Menopause is just what you make of it, what you feel about it. So if you change your attitudes, you will definitely manage to smooth your way through menopausal symptoms and improve the quality of your life.