You know I've never been a fan of the word menopause. It sounds too old, for one, and, for another it's often used inaccurately. Menopause is a single day (a year to the day your period stops), but the entire bewildering, perple and often unfamiliar landscape leading up to the Big M is called perimenopause. So perhaps we should boycott the term menopause?
I recently came across a , who suggests doing just that. "Menopause has to be about the biggest downer of a name in the history of the world," writes Doc Gurley. "Whichever male doctor it was, long ago, who thought of tagging the whole process with the name 'menopause,'—well, he surely didn't have a clue about everything that was involved," she writes.
As Doctor Gurley points out, menopause (like the start of menarche) is only a single step in a much longer biological process. Though we have puberty to describe the several years of emotional and physical upheaval, we don't really have a word to capture the transition on the other end.
Except for perimenopause, which I rather like. Yet Doc Gurley suggests other, more positive sounding names. How about "neovavoom"? meaning, as far as I can translate, new sex appeal? Or a more medically-sounding name, "energyne," with its hints of energy and gynecology? Or "newlife"? Or "revpub"? (reverse puberty)
I recommend reading Doctor Gurley's entire blog both because she's funny and because she has a point. Why should we be stuck with a name that a French doctor coined in the 19th century? Why not invent a new one that captures the entire process of change and casts it in a better light? What do you think, readers? What would be your contenders?