"If menopause is perceived to be a medical problem, it suggests that women need fixing, rather than there being symptoms that need treating. This pathologisation of menopause implies that menopause is a problem for all, best joked about or avoided altogether. It’s worth noting that in some recent tribunals involving menopause, it has been discussed as a disability. The most severe and debilitating symptoms of menopause are what could lead to it being classified as such and will fortunately not be the norm in the majority of cases. Menopause is a natural life event, not an illness but one in which some will need extra support, especially around symptoms." Kathy Abernethy, Founding Clinician at Peppy and former Chair of the British Menopause Society.
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