Menopause - How Other Countries See It

women's hands representing females from around the world regarding menopause
How do women around the world see menopause

Every woman is different. This statement doesn’t just apply to a woman’s body shape or size, it’s also relevant to internal health.

Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation. It is a life event that every woman will go through universally – yet each experience of menopause is unique.

Although the symptoms that women experience may be completely different, there has been research to show that there may be a trend between cultural significance and menopausal symptoms and attitude.

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

In the months or years that leads up to your menopause (peri-menopause), you may experience any of the following:

  • Irregular periods

  • Hot flushes

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse

  • Night sweats

  • Chills

  • Sleep issues

  • Reduced sex drive (libido)

  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism

  • Mood swings

  • Thinning hair

  • Dry skin

  • Problems with memory or concentration

What is Menopause Like Around the World?

United Kingdom and United States

Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common symptoms experience by American women. This may be a result of the diets we consume – processed foods, sugars, caffeine and alcohol can all contribute to worsening menopausal side effects.


Research in 1970 found that women in India only reported menstrual changes during their menopause – experiencing no other symptoms.


Hot flushes are a less common symptom amongst Japanese women, however the most reported symptom was shoulder stiffness. Other reported symptoms include fatigue, headaches and chills.


Women in Nigeria mostly complain about joint aches during their menopausal phase.



When a woman reaches menopause in China, she begins her ‘Second Spring’. This is a positive life stage in a woman’s life where she gains freedom from monthly menses and any discomforts that are associated with it.

South Africa

A large portion of ethnic women in South Africa (not including those of European persuasion) see menopause in a positive light; it brings them status within their community.


Original article: Kegel8 website

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