Historical Perspectives on Menopause: From Ancient Greece (that’s right!) to the 20th Century

Introduction to this Continuing Education Activity

We are often told that women never lived very long in the past, and because of this, menopause was not really an issue until more recent times. Well, nothing could be further from the truth! In this very interesting educational activity, you will learn various perspectives about menopause beginning as far back as ancient Greece! In fact, many of the beliefs we have today are rooted in some very early notions about this transition. Understanding this suddenly puts menopause in a whole new light, one that will influence the way you approach this transition with women who are in your care.

Following the completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

1. Describe the earliest known references to menopause found in recorded history.
2. Describe the association of menopause with mental illness, originating in the 1700’s and continuing throughout the 19th century.
3. Name various treatments prescribed for women during the 19th and early 20th centuries for the management of menopausal symptoms.
4. identify social and political factors leading to the medicalization of menopause in the early 19th century.
5. Trace the beginning development of hormone replacement therapy during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
6. Distinguish between four major perspectives on menopause prevalent during the later half of the 20th century.

This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval does not imply endorsement by the provider, ANCC, or ONA of any products displayed in conjunction with this activity.”

This independent study was developed by: Patricia Camillo PhD,APRN, NCMP.
The author and planning committee members have declared no conflict of interest.

Disclaimer: Information in this study is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal and/or medical advice or to be a comprehensive compendium of evidence-based practice. For specific implementation information, please contact an appropriate professional, organization, legal source, or facility policy.

IMPORTANT: Please do not register yet for this course yet. I’m still working on putting everything back together after being hacked. It should be ready to go by Feb 15th – Stay tuned!!

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