5 Myths About Menopause

Thursday, 02 Dec 2010 04:59 PM

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Considering the varied symptoms that each woman exhibits during menopause, this is one area of health where separating facts from myths is quite tough.

Here are five myths about menopause:

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1. The most common myth about menopause is that it starts around the age of 50 and that medication is required to treat the condition. However, the fact is that there is no average age for menopause. While some doctors and medical practitioners state that there is in fact a range within which menopause usually occurs and that it is around 48 to 55, studies reveal that it can even stretch from the age of 40 to almost 60. There have also been instances where menopause has set in relatively late. Technically, a woman is said to be menopausal only if 12 months have elapsed after her last period.
 
2. Another menopause myth is that the perimenopausal period, which is defined as the time period just before menopause, is usually a few years long and offers a gentle transition. The truth, however, is that the symptoms associated with perimenopause or premenopause could hit a woman very hard. While some women may exhibit very mild symptoms like mild discomfort in the stomach or slight body aches and pains, other women may exhibit heightened and severe symptoms like mood swings. Women may also become highly irritable, anxious, and may even become depressed. During this period, as estrogen levels start to fall, the body undergoes dramatic hormonal changes that may lead to behavioral problems in women. This is one of the important facts about menopause.
 
3. One of the biggest myths about menopause surrounds hot flashes. Hot flashes were once considered to be the most common symptom of menopause. The fact is that not all women who are menopausal experience hot flashes. While their incidence may increase under conditions of stress and tension, more often than not, they only make you feel a bit uncomfortable and slightly warm.
 
4. There are several pharmacological formulations and a wide array of drugs for menopause that have stormed the market. Menopause medicines claim to relieve women of their menopausal symptoms and decrease the severity of the problem. With these medicaitons, it should be kept in mind that menopause is a natural phenomenon that needs to be dealt with.
 
5. Another myth about menopause is that it signals a woman’s sexual downfall. This is one of the most common myths about menopause. Fortunately, it is not true. Women can continue to have a satisfying sex life long after menopause.

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