World Menopause Day

October 18th — World Menopause Day: a day to take charge of your change, your life

Menopause is a natural part of aging for every woman. Those of us entering menopause today have had the advantages of growing up with access to better nutrition, a greater focus by society and by health-care professionals on preventive health care, and much improved access to information about healthy living.

World Menopause Day is recognized every year on October 18th by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Menopause Society. This is an opportunity for women and those concerned with women’s health to harness available resources to focus on and promote increased awareness of menopausal health issues. There are many of us facing these challenges and everyone should be able to live in a healthy way to enhance their quality of life. Hopefully, the many great resources available at can help you along this path.

This year, make World Menopause Day a time to put a renewed focus on you, especially if you are experiencing menopause symptoms. Taking care of yourself and refocusing on your overall health is now more important than ever. Growing evidence suggests that paying careful attention to diet, exercise, weight and stress, as well as limiting your consumption of alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine will help to ward off some of the health issues that arise with menopause and perimenopause.

Your change. Your life. Take charge.

Got symptoms?
Take our menopause diagnostic quiz to find out if you may be in menopause.

Update from the Canadian Menopause Coalition
The Canadian Menopause Coalition, an alliance of 15 national health-care organizations formed to improve the information and care that women receive during this transition in their lives, will meet in Ottawa on November 2nd. The Coalition seeks to bring menopause, a natural health transition that affects the lives of millions of Canadian women, out of the shadows. Let us know what topics you think we should address at

Coming up: Osteoporosis public forums
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada will be hosting a series of osteoporosis public forums in November, held in several Canadian cities. Keep an eye on for locations and dates, which will be posted as they are confirmed.