|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 114
A letter to the editor
Lalit K Kothari
Former HOD & Professor, Department of Physiology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Date of Web Publication||17-Sep-2019|
Dr. Lalit K Kothari
50 Gem Enclave, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur - 302 017, Rajasthan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Kothari LK. A letter to the editor. J Mid-life Health 2019;10:114
“I took the road less traveled by,
And it has made all the difference.”
Thanks for giving me the pleasure of seeing the Journal of Mid-life Health – so attractive to look at and so interesting to read. The Indian Menopause Society is fortunate indeed to have you as the Editor-in-Chief of this Journal.
The branch of obstetrics and gynecology has, for long, confined itself largely to problems related to childbirth. It is heartening to see that now other medical aspects of a woman's life are also being brought into focus under the leadership of the Society.
My own thoughts go back some 50 years when we had just started talking about Andrology, Reproductive Medicine, Sex Education in Schools, and a whole spectrum of problems ranging from Infertility to Population Control (maybe you were a student then!). Based on all this, I would like to make two small suggestions for the Journal. Let me explain:
- The first suggestion relates to the sex life of women in this advancing age group. Quite apart from producing babies, sexuality in itself is also an important and independent determinant of human behavior, both in male and female. Unfortunately, their sex life also becomes redundant. Or this is what is traditionally expected. It may be one of the many myths built around the reproductive life of women. For ages, many cultures have believed that sex is essentially a male affair, with women playing only a passive role. Do the gynecologists everyone enquire from these not-so-young women about their sex arousal response, orgasm, pain, or discomfort during intercourse? I think some clinical inquiry about these may, sometimes, prove more useful than complex laboratory tests. The Journal could give some attention to this aspect also; the sex life of postmenopausal women.
- The second suggestion arises from a question. Are there any menopause-like changes in the male also? Of course, there cannot be menopause, but are there any changes in the pattern of their bodily functions after the age of 50 years or so. More important would be any hormonal changes comparable to those in the female at menopause. Since the Journal is dedicated to problems arising from menopause, it would be good if we talk sometime about this “male climacteric” also. And see if it really exists. We had done some work on this, and fortunately, it found a place in several Journals and books (surprisingly even Gray's Anatomy!). Of course, there is much more to be learned.
I wonder if these ideas can be of any use. Or fit to be thrown into the Recycle-Bin!
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