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December 12, 2007 at 11:15 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Misconceptions About Menopause

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There are many misconceptions about menopause because until recently, speaking about it was taboo. However, with society becoming less secretive and women becoming more open about sexual health, menopause can be discussed without embarrassment. Some common misconceptions about menopause and their accompanying explanations follow:

Misconception: Menopause is a disease.

Menopause is not a disease . Menopause is a natural condition that every woman encounters at some point in her life. Menopause is absolutely natural and you should not be ashamed of it.

Misconception: Menopause requires medical treatment.

Menopause does not require medical treatment or hormone therapy. Your menopause symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness can be treated without harmful drugs. Usually, diet and exercise will help alleviate most of your symptoms, but there are other specialized natural treatments for symptoms. For example, natural treatments for hot flashes include:

There are also many herbal remedies that are scientifically proven to reduce symptoms.

Misconception: Menopause is the period of time when you experience symptoms.

In fact, the term "menopause" refers to the day when you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months. The term that refers to the years before and after is "perimenopause". However, most people refer to this time as "menopause" so for the sake of mutual understanding, most health practitioners will call this time menopause.

Misconception: You will inevitably gain weight during menopause.

During menopause, your metabolism will slow. Many women gain weight after menopause, but you don't have to! Eating fewer calories will help maintain your weight. Exercising more will not only help reduce or maintain your weight, but keep your bones strong to defend against osteoporosis and your cardiovascular system healthy. Since heart disease is the #1 killer of women in America, heart and cardiovascular health is extremely important.

Misconception: Your sex life will suffer drastically from menopause.

Although many women experience a lowered sex drive or vaginal dryness during menopause, these things can be overcome with a little effort.

  • For vaginal dryness, use a personal lubricant.
  • Try different methods to add a little extra romance to your relationship.

Misconception: Every woman experiences adverse symptoms of menopause.

In reality, nearly 15% of women experience no menopausal symptoms. They simply stop menstruating. However, hot flashes are the most common symptom, with 85% of women suffering hot flashes, with or without other symptoms.

Misconception: Menopause is the beginning of the end.

Usually menopause occurs around the age of 50. Since it is common for a person to live to age 80 or longer, when menopause hits, only about 2/3 of your life is past. Try to focus on the positive: you still have 30 years ahead of you to enjoy. Stay active physically and mentally, stay connected with your family, and take the time to enjoy life.

Sources

http://www.thirdage.com/features/healthy/clueless/index06.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8725979

http://www.emaxhealth.com/70/7091.html

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