Reaching menopause is a milestone in every woman’s life. And for some, it can seem very scary. For most, it is the most significant change your body has undergone since you hit puberty or delivered a baby. The good news is that modern women have access to a lot more information and resources. There’s no reason to be afraid. Embrace the change and quiet fears by learning about these common menopause myths.
All Women Get Hot Flashes
The truth is that menopause is different for every woman. A study released by the University of Pennsylvania reported that 3% of woman experience no hot flashes, 17% had mild hot flashes, and 80% were mild to severe. Only about 15% of menopausal women will continue to experience this symptom indefinitely.
Menopause Always Begins at Age 50
Ask around and you’ll probably find that most women got their period at a different age. The same goes for menopause. Some women start as young as their 30s while others experience no symptoms until they are into their 60s.
You Will Gain Weight
This myth is only half true. Yes, menopause does bring on weight gain as your hormones change, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the extra pounds. By maintaining a nutritious diet and healthy activity levels, you can counteract this effect and maintain or return to your desired weight.
Diminished Sex Drive
There is no reason that a woman who has reached menopause cannot continue to enjoy a healthy sex life. Decreased libido could be a sign of hormone imbalance or other problems. Contact your gynecologist for more information on managing this and other symptoms of menopause.