Humankind are almost unique in the event of the menopause, the only other species which pass through this is a type of whale! All other mammals have the ability to procreate until the end of their life. Many women feel that the menopause, whether occurring naturally or brought on by surgery, leaves them incomplete; their childbearing days done, they feel they have lost some of their usefulness.
Given the sometimes uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause and the belief that it may lessen the risk of osteoporosis, some turn to hormone replacement therapy, which continues menstruation past the natural time of menopause. This leaflet is not the place to debate the pros and cons of HT but to examine the positive aspects of the menopause and how we may celebrate the event as a Rite of Passage.