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Menopause the Musical

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:124
  1. Chloe Veltman, freelance writer (
  1. San Francisco, United States

    Menopause. “The very word is a room-emptier,” as the magazine editor Tina Brown once put it. Until recently, a woman's journey towards post-fertility was a subject as inappropriate for the dinner table as diarrhoea or public execution. In her ice-breaking book The Silent Passage (1992), Gail Sheehy dubbed menopause “the last taboo,” while in an 1997 article for the New York Times entitled “As Conversation Stopper, It Has Few Equals,” Anna Quindlen discussed the wide-spread reluctance among women to talk about the natural process that affects almost every female over the age of 40. “I should know as much about menopause, from talking and listening, as I do about pregnancy,” wrote Quindlen. “But I don't.”

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    Rather than empowering women, the show underscores many clichés

    In a (hot) flash, things have changed. Thanks to a wealth of medical studies focusing on menopausal symptoms and a crusade to …

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