Things go tits down!
I've been shocked to find out there are basic medical issues a lot of us will experience as we get to our 50's and beyond, that I had absolutely no idea about. Most of these seem to relate to having been pregnant and/or giving birth vaginally. As a large number of women will have been pregnant, it's fair to say there are many of us out there who need to be informed about what to expect, and to take any steps possible to avoid medical issues down the line.
One friend of mine complained of back pains for 2 years - always being told she'd just have to deal with it as aches and pains were a side-effect of the menopause. She stopped being able to excercise by the second year. She then moved from France to America where, being more confident with the language she was able to say THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH well told yet again it was the menopause. She demanded further tests - which revealed a 10cm tumor in her spinal column. After being told to prepare for paralysis and undergoing 10 hours of surgery she woke to find she could walk and that she was going to be ok. But really, what the...?
So I say stand up for yourself and demand answers! And solutions. Perhaps you could help yourself prevent issues with alternative remedies or targeted exercise?