The cultural impact on menopause
Did you know that hot flushes are called hot flashes in North America?
You may have known that. But did you know that not all cultures have hot flushes? I know, surprised me too.
Japanese women mostly report frozen shoulders and there is no equivalent phrase for hot flushes in their language. *
In Western Society symptoms are hot flushes, irritability, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, foggy brain, to name but a few.
But amazingly there are cultures where women report no significant menopause symptoms. I know! Can you believe it?
Here’s some information I found from the website ‘everyday health’**.
Researchers found that MAYAN women reported no hot flashes or any significant menopausal symptoms.
Mayan women tend to look forward to menopause because with it comes a progressive change in status within their communities and, in turn, a feeling of freedom.
When women from indigenous cultures cross into menopause, they often become known as "wise women" or spiritual leaders and hold a place of power in their communities.