They couldn't walk around the house naked during a hot flash (many of them still had children at home). Menopause was a stigma so they couldn't freely talk about it ("Yes, Mrs. Smith, I"d like to order that #146 Butterick pattern for an apron; Lord almighty this menopause is terrible, oh, and I'd like to order 3 cakes of yeast and a sack of flour"). Many women were farm wives so they had chores on top of it all (milk the cow, have a hot flash, make supper for 20 threshers, go to the outhouse to have a crying jag, put the laundry on the line...) EGads we may be suffering but we're lucky to live now instead of back then.
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