'Menopause is not just about coping with physical and biological symptoms. It’s also about how one feels going through it. Despite, hurdles coming our way, we must learn to make the best of it and find a way to thrive” Reeva, 54, Asansol By 2025, there will be 1.1 billion women like Reeva: menopausal or post-menopausal. Women in the prime of their life. Women all around the world and in every corner of the globe, from India to China, Mexico to Brazil and more. Women at the height of their careers. Women whom society depend upon. Women who agreed to share their stories. And what they told is that many women find this life stage — along with the changes their bodies are going through — difficult. Some feel as if their body is betraying them. Everything they had felt so sure about in the past is suddenly changing. Individual Women, Individual Experiences Menopause is one of the biggest biological shifts a woman endures. Her hormone levels drop. Her periods stop, along with production of eggs. These changes can bring with them a variety of challenging physical and emotional symptoms which each woman experiences in their own way. There are more than 40 symptoms associated with menopause, and how a woman’s body responds to them can vary day to day. As there is no one common menopause reality, many women go through it feeling alone and isolated. They often suffer in silence, thinking that these symptoms are just another sign of aging and it can trigger uncertainty and questioning after having reached this middle age phase. “The mood swings, the lack of sleep, the lack of energy…it all started to make sense.” Prisha, 58, Bangalore Despite 47 million women entering menopause each year, this natural part of growing older is still something few people talk about. Social stigma and lack of awareness of what’s happening to their bodies means many women may have never had a conversation about menopause. Studies suggest that half of women suffering symptoms don’t seek any medical help at all. Women around the world wrestle with sometimes debilitating symptoms without seeking medical support simply because they feel uncomfortable talking about it.