Menopausal Women: Self-Help Books, Medicines Don't Aid With Challenging Rite Of Passage

09/29/2011 03:40 pm ET | Updated Nov 29, 2011

During menopause, a woman can feel like the only way she can continue to exist for 10 more seconds inside her crawling, burning skin is to walk screaming into the sea--grandly, epically, and terrifyingly, like a 15-foot-tall Greek tragic figure wearing a giant, pop-eyed wooden mask. Or she may remain in the kitchen and begin hurling objects at her family: telephones, coffee cups, plates.

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