Menopause is a time when, if we have not already done so, we should learn to take as good care of ourselves as we do of others. Many women become more self-confident and assertive and less interested in pleasing others. Increasingly, women are writing about the change of life, or menopause, as a time of preparing for later life through emotional and spiritual transformation. . . . . . . Women at midlife may be subject to overtreatment when physicians view the normal changes of menopause as a deficiency disease requiring medication, or they may suffer from undertreatment and misdiagnosis of real symptoms of disease. Some physicians attribute to menopause almost anything reported by women at midlife, overlooking what might be symptoms of gallbladder disease, hypertension, and other serious conditions.
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Source Notes: The New Ourselves, Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power, ed. Paula B. Doress-Worters and Diana Laskin Siegal (chapter 10, "Experiencing Our Change of Life: Menopause") (1994). Doress-Worters and Siegal have served as project coordinators for the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and the Greater Boston Older Women's League.
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