The Next Chapter

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All women go through menopause at some point, and yet many myths still exist around it. Can you tell what’s real and what’s made up?

Stories about menopause, from women, for women.

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The Next Chapter: talking more openly about menopause

By 2025, there will be 1.1 billion menopausal women in the world1 – many of whom may never have had a single conversation about menopause before reaching this life stage. Abbott’s The Next Chapter initiative is all about breaking the silence around menopause and shattering misconceptions, so that more women can fully embrace the next chapter of their lives. 

As we normalize talking about menopause, more women can get the support they may need to live their fullest lives during this natural life stage.


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Explore the impact of menopause through stories of other women!

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Be inspired: Here is what women said in The Next Chapter

Riya, 60 – Kolkata, India
“I feel like menopause is something only women who have gone through it truly understand.”
Li Jing, 52 – Beijing, China
“I wish I’d known what to expect, but menopause isn’t something that people talk about. I will definitely make sure my daughter is prepared when the time comes – and I’ll be there to help her through it”
Beatriz, 54 – Fortaleza, Brazil
“There’s so much prejudice around menopause, that we come to see it as something negative rather than what it is: an essential life phase like any other. I’ve tried to live well and embrace it”
Jessica, 51 – Mexico City, Mexico
“If 51% of the world’s population goes through menopause, why is it such a taboo? I think about this more and more. Who decided that it was uncomfortable to talk about a process that all women go through? Hopefully, this silence will soon end”

Get informed: Articles & resources about menopause

Menopause: How to address challenges of intimacy during menopause

CAN HORMONAL CHANGES CAUSE INTIMACY ISSUES?  Menopause can have consequences on relationships and sexual health. In addition to psychological issues that can make intimate relationships and desire complicated, there are physical issues that can make those relationships painful. The main menopause symptom related to sexual issues isvaginal dryness.1 HOW DO THESE CHANGES EXPLAIN A DECREASED…

How to manage your sleep during menopause?

HOW COMMON IS INSOMNIA AMONG PERI- AND POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN? Sleeping problems are quite common among peri- and post-menopausal women. Roughly 50% or more of women undergoing menopause struggle with lack of sleep1,2, indicating a higher prevalence rate compared with those in the pre-menopause stage2. Peri- and post-menopausal women also experience more frequent and more severe…

Psychological consequences of menopause

While not directly linked to psychiatric illness1, menopause is likely to be a period of psychological stress for women. Studies have shown that during the perimenopausal and menopausal transitions, women may experience mild anxiety and depression due to hormone changes2, but these changes may not lead to severe depression. Considering the many responsibilities that women…