Menopause before 40 is known as premature. There are women however due to various health conditions or surgical procedures may experience the menopause as early as their teens. Today’s blog is written by Rebecca Bruce-Ahrens who experienced her menopause at the age of 17 through a condition at the time called Ovarian Dysgenesis, now more commonly called Hypogonadism. She ponders the meaning of the menopause, the moon’s influence, HRT and being perimenopausal most of her life.
‘In attempting to explore the meaning of menopause, I needed first to find the roots of the word. The Ancient Greek roots of the term are “men” + “pauein”. The word “men” means month which is closely related to the word for moon “mene” because the months were measured by the moon. The word “pauein” means to cause to cease or stop. Continue reading Reclaiming The Menopause