Menopause Myth #1: Going through menopause is horrible
Perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause can be a time of biochemical chaos in the body as your estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels work to establish balance, and fertility begins to decline and finally ceases altogether. During this period, women can experience things like:
- Hot flashes
- Lowered libido
- Unusual mood swings or depression
- Weight that goes on easy and is hard to get rid of
- Lower energy levels
That may sound ghastly at first, but keep in mind that women rarely experience all of the above. Most experience one or two and they occur gradually over time, at varying degrees of inconvenience. In fact, only about 40% of women say they experienced significant symptoms of menopause, and most of them only experienced symptoms for a brief span of time. That means the majority of women never have anything more than mild symptoms.
Menopause Myth #2: Menopause symptoms never stop
It is very rare that menopause symptoms don't disappear or significantly retreat once menopause has been reached. While most of those hot flashes occur very sporadically. If your doctor has determined you have reached menopause (when you have ceased menstruating for 12 months in a row) and you are still experiencing menopause symptoms, it is a sign that your hormones are out of balance. Have them tested by using MedAmiLabs today to find out a treatment option.
Menopause Myth #3: Menopause means the end of your sex life
The hormone shifts that occur during menopause can cause a decrease in your natural lubrication and a thinning of the vaginal tissues. However, this is rarely enough to ruin a woman's sex life. And, in fact, many women report that their post-menopausal sex life is better than ever because they no longer need birth control, they are more comfortable with their bodies, financial worries and other stresses have diminished and the kids are out of the house (or will be soon!), which means you are no longer worried about privacy. Most of the post-menopausal changes that affect libido, or your physical comfort, can be addressed using over-the-counter lubricants, position changes or mild natural hormone therapy.
Don't fall prey to scary menopause myths. Instead, talk openly and honestly with a trusted healthcare professional regarding your fears, symptoms and concerns. Better yet, consult with our office and use accurate hormone testing to determine whether or not you would benefit from the bioidentical hormone therapy that can stop those dreaded hot flashes after menopause.
The more educated and informed you are, the more empowered you will be to embrace this new phase in your life.