Myths About Menopause
The end of periods forever may seem like a dream-come-true-to many, however it may also signify aging and big body changes, causing a real moment of dread for others. Like with many of our body’s natural processes, knowing fact vs fiction is key to going with the flow (or no flow in this case) and not letting those changes take over your ability to live a fabulous life.
Menopause means that you’re old: How old are you when menopause hits?
The average age of menopause is 51, though, like anything to do with the human body, it can vary from woman-to-woman. But since 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30, we all know that age is just a number. You’re as young as you feel, so be sure to get the sleep, exercise, and healthy food you need, as well as to talk to your doctor about any hormone changes that occur during menopause.
Hot Flashes: Is it hot flash city from here on out?
It’s true that many women experience hot flashes leading up to and during menopause, but there’s help out there in the form of natural remedies and lifestyle changes as well as hormone therapy and antidepressants. Hot flashes are uncomfortable and inconvenient, but you can combat them!
Let’s Talk About Sex: Does it ruin your sex life?
While some women experience a reduced sex drive as the result of menopause, many others are just the opposite and feel it actually gets better. With the worry of pregnancy gone, many women feel more relaxed and able to enjoy sexual activity. Post-menopausal issues like vaginal dryness can be easy to treat, meaning it’s not the end of the world as you know it.
Added Weight: Does menopause mean automatic weight gain?
Changes in your body can mean a slowdown of metabolism that leads to weight gain, but with adjustments to diet and exercise, you can stay at a healthy weight and feel great. A National Center for Biotechnology Information study showed that lifestyle intervention can indeed prevent menopausal weight gain.
We live in a time with so much research and so many resources available that getting through changes like menopause has become less daunting than in years past. If you’re approaching menopause or going through it, speaking with your doctor is the best first step. He or she can decide the best approach, in addition to providing support and whatever course of action necessary.
 National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/menopause#menopause
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- On August 19, 2016