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An article published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease describes how society views the postmenopausal woman: "she finds herself... reduced by the climacteric to a shriveled shell of a woman, used up, sucked dry, de-sexed and, by comparison with her treasured remembrances of bygone days of glory and romance, fit only for the bone heap."
The "grassroots" movement of women demanding help during their perimenopausal years in the early 1970's was supported - even initiated - by the pharmaceutical industry. One ad shows an older lady holding tightly to the arm of a distinguished looking gentlemen, with the headline "Menrium treats the menopausal symptoms that bother him the most." Ayerst ran a series of advertisements with the caption, "He is suffering from menopause because of her." "Her" was a woman in an unmistakable stance of protest that "he," the doctor, had the misfortune to encounter.
 Sillman, LR. "Femininity and Paranoidism." Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 143(1966):163-170.
 Robbins, J. Reclaiming Our Health Tiburon, CA: HJ Kramer, 1996:149.
 Wilbush, J. "Confrontation in the Climacteric." Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 87(1994):342-347.