10 Myths About Menopause Women Should Stop Believing as Soon as Possible
Menopause is a naturally occurring and normal part of every woman’s life, just like her period. It occurs when women start aging, more specifically, when their estrogen levels drop. However, if you start experiencing symptoms that are difficult to bear, it’s important to visit your general practitioner.
Bright Side put together a list of some menopause myths that have been debunked, and we would like to share the truth with you behind each of them.
1. If you get hot flashes, memory loss, or gain weight, you’re experiencing menopause.
Just because some women might say that they experience hot flashes during menopause, for example, doesn’t necessarily mean that you will too. In fact, hot flashes or other unpleasant symptoms may actually occur before menopause (perimenopause).
With that being said, menopause does not cause weight gain and loss of memory. You probably gained weight or forgot your house keys because of environmental factors and aging.
2. Menopause always starts at age 50.
You can get menopause when you are only 30 — it all depends on medications you might take, whether you smoke, some surgeries you’ve had, and a splash of genetics too. Although the average age of reaching menopause is 51, women can also have it in their 40s.
3. You won’t get any more cramps once you hit menopause.
Just before you hit menopause, you may experience pain and cramps in your pelvic area even when you’re not on your period. Muscle tissues are the building blocks of your uterus, and they can compress and cause an irritating experience, but you can always get a heating pad to ease the pain. If the pain is unbearable, then it’s advisable to see a doctor.
4. It’s not possible to get pregnant right before menopause.
It’s true that the older you get, the less likely you are to get pregnant. However, women still ovulate right before menopause even if they’ve missed a few periods. That goes to say that you should still use birth control after you’ve reached the age of 45.
You should be careful because it can be dangerous to get pregnant when you’re older, specifically for women who have certain illnesses.
5. Menopause is an illness.
Menopause is not an illness, it is just a chapter of your life like puberty is. It’s the beginning of the second half of your life and should be looked at positively.
6. If you’ve missed a few periods, you’re in menopause.
It takes one year of no periods to know for sure that you’ve hit menopause, so just wait it out or use birth control to avoid pregnancy. Over the course of 12 months, if one month you got your period, but missed a few throughout that year, then you can’t be sure whether you’ve reached menopause yet.
7. The symptoms of menopause last forever.
When you reach menopause, your estrogen levels plummet, and when this happens it takes time for your body to get used to it because it all happens slowly — and the symptoms remain there, but definitely not forever!
Generally, the symptoms are most troublesome in the beginning (the first couple of years). They can last about 4 and a half years after your last period, and 7 years max. But just like with everything in life, each person is different and for some, it can take less time.
8. Menopause causes depression.
There is a big difference between clinical depression and mood swings as a result of menopause. Clinical depression is a disorder and needs treatment, while a depressed mood is, you know, when you orbit around feelings of sadness.
If your mood swings are continuous, it’s important to take this matter seriously and consult a doctor for help.
9. It’s too late to get healthy once you reach menopause.
It’s always important to stay healthy — and get healthy, at any age. In order to do so, it’s a top priority to get plenty of vitamin D and calcium, decrease your use of substances and smoking and make sure your mental and emotional health is on track.
10. Hormone replacement therapy causes heart disease and breast cancer.
One of the main reasons women are against hormone replacement therapy is because they believe that it may cause breast cancer, heart disease, or stroke.
However, a study conducted showed that women over 60 years old actually benefited greatly from hormone replacement therapy, and the women who aren’t taking this therapy before 60 have a greater risk of developing heart disease.
Which myth about menopause did you think was true? Are you relieved now that you know these myths are debunked?