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The suspension of procreation in Woman marks her life by a physical change — an experience peculiar to herself. The masculine life is divisible, physiologically, into two periods, youth and maturity — ante-paternal and paternal; the feminine into three, Ante-Maternal, Maternal, and Post-Maternal — and the transition from the second to the third is a physiological experience exclusive to Woman, which is balanced by nothing in the functional experience of Man. ~Eliza Farnham (1815–1864)

The terms "Climacteria" in Latin, "Climacteric disease," "Change of life," "Critical time," "Turn of life," in English, "Temps critique," "Age de retour," "Ménopause," in French, and "Aufhören der Weiblichen Reinigung," in German, are understood to mean a certain period of time, beginning with those irregularities which precede the last appearance of the menstrual flow, and ending with the recovery of health. ~Edward John Tilt, The Change of Life in Health and Disease, 1870

Menopause is just Puberty's evil older sister. ~Author unknown

There is no medical term to designate the time included between the first indications of the failure of ovarian energy, and cessation of the menstrual flow, but women call it "the dodging time," as it happily expresses the uncertain and erratic appearance of the menstrual flow. ~Edward John Tilt, The Change of Life in Health and Disease, 1870

      "Maggie, was it this hot when we were kids? I don't remember it ever being this hot."
      "I hate to break this to you, but you're getting older. Have you had your estrogen checked?... The first indication of menopause is a broken thermostat. It's either that or your weight. In any case, if you don't do something, you could be dead by August."
      "God, middle age is an unending insult." ~Dorothea Benton Frank, Sullivan's Island: A Lowcountry Tale, 1999

In the ménopause, women are no longer hampered by a bodily infirmity periodically returning. ~Edward John Tilt, The Change of Life in Health and Disease, 1870

I'm trying very hard to understand this generation. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen-year-old how to drive a car will occur in the same week. ~Erma Bombeck

A woman must wait for her ovaries to die before she can get her rightful personality back. Post-menstrual is the same as pre-menstrual; I am once again what I was before the age of twelve: a female human being who knows that a month has thirty days, not twenty-five, and who can spend every one of them free of the shackles of that defect of body and mind known as femininity. ~Florence King, "Fiftysomething," Lump It Or Leave It, 1990  ["The New-Old Me," King calls her post-menopausal self. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

      Let's not forget the menopausal blessings of thrift. My heating bill has gone down by more than half over the last few years. So much, in fact, that a compassionate soul from the utility company called me last winter to see if I was in dire economic straits.
      "If you've had financial difficulties we can enroll you in our special payment plan," she said.
      "I haven't had financial difficulties, I've had the Change. My hot flashes keep me warm now. I've turned into my own furnace." ~Florence King, "Fiftysomething," Lump It Or Leave It, 1990

There are many females between the ages of forty and fifty, whose recoveries may be expected when the uterus shall have fairly resumed its original inaction, and when also the brain shall have lost a fertile source of irritation and disease. Unfortunately it happens that the poorer classes are much too unmindful of the health of women at the critical periods of life, and pay too little attention to the means whereby the uterus may be assisted in its efforts to preserve its due influence on the human economy; and therefore is it, in a very great measure, that insanity is of so frequent an occurrence among women. ~Dr. Davey  [reporting on the female lunatics at Colney Hatch, 1800s —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Pregnancy and childbirth are pretty rotten jokes to play on the female, but I cannot help suspecting that the menopause may be nature's last — and most outrageous — grand belly laugh. ~Elizabeth Oakleigh-Walker Buchan, "Rite of Passage," 1993

Esquirol has seen many women remain maniacal so long as menstruation lasted, who immediately and spontaneously recovered after the ménopause. ~Edward John Tilt, The Change of Life in Health and Disease, 1870

They're not hot flashes — they're power surges. ~Author unknown

Woman is now delivered from the servitude imposed by her female nature.... she is no longer the prey of overwhelming forces; she is herself, she and her body are one. It is sometimes said that women of a certain age constitute "a third sex".... Often, indeed, this release from female physiology is expressed in a health, a balance, a vigour that they lacked before. ~Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949

MENstrual cramps, MENtal breakdowns, MENopause — ever notice that all of women's problems begin with MEN? ~Author unknown

Climacteric decay is less frequently observed in women than in men, not only because women lead a less tumultuous life, but because their constitution has been so remodelled by the change of life that the causes of this decay have less hold over them. ~Dr. Day, Diseases of Old Age, 1800s

If a man gets menopause, is it a womenpause? ~Author unknown

The invigoration of health after the ménopause is sometimes accompanied by a very great improvement of personal appearance, when bones become covered by a fair amount of fat; which "suave incrementum" is both comely and conducive to health. Others do not recover health without some sacrifice of feminine grace, their appearance becoming somewhat masculine, the bones projecting more than usual, the skin is less unctuous, and tweezers may be required to remove stray hairs from the face. ~Edward John Tilt, The Change of Life in Health and Disease, 1870

It will ever be a matter of surprise how so many phenomena of health and symptoms of disease can be determined by two little oval bodies, whose structure does not appear complicated, but it is unquestionable that these organs influence the system. ~Edward John Tilt, The Change of Life in Health and Disease, 1870  #ovaries


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