Menopause is a developmental transition from which we might emerge strong, healthy and with more freedoms. How women experience menopause depends largely on what our beliefs and expectations are. It is mostly an unconscious process shaped by external influences.
In modern society femininity is equated with the ability of reproduction, sexual attractiveness, beauty and youthfulness. This contributes to social stigmatization of menopausal women which burden middle-age women in terms of social value of losing their femininity.
Even though society no longer thinks that menopausal women are murderous lizard people, cultural ideas about us did not improve. Attitudes to the experience of menopause mostly formed by fear and silence.