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Menopause Is Just a Pause That Refreshes

August 25, 1994

Dr. Robert A. Wilson's 30-year-old announcement--menopause can be cured! ("Feminists Face Off in War Over Menopause," Aug. 9)--reminded me that I faced menopause just about 30 years ago.

Like Betty Friedan, I hardly noticed. I passed comfortably through the symptoms, maybe not all 26 of them, with minimal medication for a brief period.

Rather than wage war over whether menopause frees or enslaves us, we ought to be waging war against ignorance about and fear of it.

It is the fault of us oldsters that many young women still believe incorrectly that menopause signals the end of their sexual activity, that it converts their mirrors into monsters, that they will be relegated to the inactivity of a rocking chair. That is nonsense!

Menopause marks the end of fertility, not the end of vitality.

AGNES G. HERMAN, Lake San Marcos

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