Historical Omertà

Menopause is an inescapable fact of life. Why is history silent on it?

© Philip Mould Ltd, London/Bridgeman Images.
Katherine of Aragon, by Lucas Horenbout, c.1525 © Philip Mould Ltd, London/Bridgeman Images.

Mariella Frostrup, Kate Codrington, Davina McCall and others have recently been on a mission to end present-day silence around the menopause. But the omertà is deeply historical. The term was only coined in 1821. Some scholars argue it was not historically recognised as a condition.

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