Even menopause is a natural aging process, it has greatly been understood by the society and as a result, a lot of myths have been perpetuated causing a lot of confusion. In some societies, menopause is a taboo topic that is hardly spoken about. Because of the lack of openness and unwillingness to talk openly about the subject, many women end up getting confused and unable to effectively manage their symptoms of menopause. For women to best handle these new changes that are part of the aging process, it is important to have the right information and dispel any myths that are likely to mislead the masses. In case you want to be better informed and receive accurate information, the best thing is to seek facts from a qualified medical practitioner. In this regard, we take a look at some of the most common myths associated with menopause that no woman should ever believe.
It happens In an Instance
Many women are misled to believe menopause is a condition that affects you overnight. However, studies from experts have shown that menopausal symptoms can last for as long as 4 years from the last period. In some cases, there are women who can remain with the symptoms for more than a decade. There are women who begin to experience symptoms during their perimenopause – this is a period where ovaries begin to produce a lesser amount of oestrogen.
Menopause Symptoms are Physical
This is not true as symptoms that come during perimenopause and menopause itself can cause various kinds of symptoms that aren’t necessarily physical. A variation in oestrogen levels affects many areas of the body causing psychological symptoms such as lack of motivation, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression among others. Aside from physical symptoms, there are a couple of psychological and in some cases, mental symptoms associated with menopause.
Main Symptom of Menopause is Hot Flashes
While hot flashes and night sweating is common during this time, these are not the only symptoms. Actually, the unseen symptoms such as weakening of the bladder should cause more concern as they’re not visible. Some women are also diagnosed with other symptoms such as recurrent urinary infections. Take note that there are many menopause symptoms and they vary from one individual to another.
Menopause Starts at 50
Unfortunately, this myth has been pushed so hard that it is one of the most common misconceptions about menopause. While the average age of menopause in some countries such as the United Kingdom is around 50 years, the time periods vary. There are some women who experience menopause symptoms between ages of 40 and 50, while some begin having symptoms under 40 years (premature menopause). Many women also begin having early menopause symptoms without realizing.
Menopause Negatively Affects Your Sex Life
As much as many women admit their libido reduces at this time, this does not mean they will not enjoy sex anymore. In fact, reduced libido is a temporary symptom that is caused as a result of hormone fluctuation, vaginal dryness and the emotional stress associated with the new changes. Interestingly, there are some women whose libido increases at time before stabilizing later. Women who no longer want to have their periods also feel liberated when menopause kicks in.
You Don’t Need Contraception Anymore
There are some few cases where late pregnancy has been recorded in some women even after reaching menopause. It is recommended that women should continue using their contraception for one to two more years after their last period.
Your Life will Change Drastically
You can have a happy and healthy menopause. Simple things such as eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly and remaining active on the social scene will actually improve the quality of your life and not reduce it.