We are talking about menopause.

Half of humanity will go through that change at some point in their lives that does not only mean the end of fertility. It also changes bones, muscles and the brain. Menopause can be accompanied by numerous symptoms, none of which are pleasant: hot flashes, depression, joint pain, sleep disorders and cardiovascular problems.

"Why have researchers failed to alleviate the suffering of millions of women for decades?" asks Anja in her article on the state of science on menopause. In their training, gynaecologists hardly ever experience women with menopausal symptoms.

After all, menopause is no longer the taboo it was for a long time. In the US, for example, former first lady Michelle Obama, actress Kim Cattrall and presenter Oprah Winfrey spoke publicly about their complaints.

In Germany, a movement is forming under the slogan "wesindneunmillionen" (we're nine millions) that fights for a new image of women in the second half of their lives: nine million, because so many women in Germany are currently going through menopause.

You can read here how women can get through this phase of upheaval as well as possible and when hormone replacement therapy makes sense after weighing up the associated risks.


Yours, Julia Koch

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