Seven Menopause Myths Debunked
When it comes to menopause there is no shortage of health advice out there, and no shortage of bad advice to go along with it. Some misguided notions are harmless, but others add to the bulk of confusion. The good news is that slowly, some truth finally appears to be reaching women. To help eliminate some on the misnomers, I’ve compiled a few straightforward answers to separate fiction from fact.
Myth #1: the first sign that I’m in perimenopause or menopause is hot flashes.
Not necessarily. We have been told for years when you feel that first rush of heat, that’s how you’ll know. But in fact not all women get hot flashes. Some women will experience fatigue and general achiness or moodiness before ever noticing a hot flash.
Perimenopause can be a crossroad with many unexplainable happenings. To help you better understand what you are feeling and their connection to perimenopause and menopause, first signs also include: irritability, mood swings, food cravings, hair loss, feeling sad or anxious, heavier or lighter periods, mental fog and forgetfulness, changes in sexual desire, headaches and heart palpitations.
With such a wide variety of symptoms, it’s no wonder making the connection is often missed. It’s been my experience women in their 40’s who start planning ahead and developing better health strategies, manage perimenopause and menopause better and avoid more severe symptoms down the road.. What symptoms they do have are easily managed by taking a natural menopause support supplement.
Myth #2: Menopause causes weight gain and health issues
Body shape will change with age depending on the food you eat and the amount of exercise you get, but Menopause alone doesn’t create weight gain or illness, but an unhealthy lifestyle WILL.
Metabolism of fats and carbohydrates changes with age, but with a wellness strategy you will be able to keep your health and weight in check. If you need help getting started, speak with a nutritionist who can help you build an overall plan you can stick with. Each day will become better than the last and eventually it just becomes a natural part of your daily lifestyle.
I can’t emphasize it enough, keeping your body in motion and choosing food wisely will help you create and maintain good health as you age, not just as you transition into menopause.
Exercise is a scientifically and medically proven way to burn calories, keep fit, develop physical balance and strength, help control osteoporosis, heart disease, blood pressure and blood sugar, release physical and mental stress, clear your mind and help you sleep better. Exercise has also been proven to help lower risk of breast and other cancers.
Myth #3: Soy is health food and good for hot flashes.
The absurdly huge rise of soy as a health food is a perfect example of how the infinite wisdom of marketing can fool millions. But make no mistake—unfermented soy products are NOT healthy to eat, regardless of your age or gender. Properly fermented and preferably organic soy, such as tempeh, miso, and natto offer health benefits because of the beneficial probiotic the fermentation process produces.
Thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy such as soy milk, tofu, soy protein, soy flour, soy oil etc. to a number of health problems, and more than 90 percent of American soy crops are genetically engineered, which only compounds its health risks.
Science has linked unfermented soy to breast cancer, cognitive impairment, heart disease, thyroid disorders, potentially fatal food allergies and digestive problems and more.
Myth #4: Menopause begins at 50
Natural menopause can begin in your 30’s or as late as 60 and anywhere in-between. Technically menopause is defined as 12 months without a period, but symptoms of menopause can begin while you are still having monthly periods. Some of the most common are fatigue, metal fogginess and irritability, hot flashes, night sweats and changes in sexual desire. These changes signal hormones are starting to shift, leading into menopause. Every woman’s body is different and will experience menopause in her own way and in her own time. If you are an otherwise healthy female your age at menopause really has little meaning. My mother went through menopause at 42 and I stopped having periods at 50, and I know someone who was still having normal periods at 59, as long as you are healthy, estrogen and progesterone will naturally fluctuate and change in function according to each individuals system.
Myth #5: Sex drive will decrease or disappear with menopause
I have a wonderful friend who is 75 and she spoke with me openly about her continuing sexual desire. She has never taken HRT or used vaginal estrogen, she is sexually active, slim and fit, and walks her dog several miles a day. This is the power of self-care, exercise, eating healthy, having a positive outlook on life and keeping an open mind.
Sex can be enjoyable at any age. Media and doctors repeat that lost desire is a normal part of aging like it was a mantra. I’m in a position where I get to listen to other women and ask questions about all kinds of juicy girl stuff. With the number of conversations I’ve had on the topic, low or no libido is much less of a problem then finding creative ways to deal with vaginal dryness.
Intimacy and sexuality can be a complicated issue with many contributing factors, but for the average healthy female, in or out of a relationship, sex is a normal and lasting part of life.
Decreased interest is often a sign of hormonal imbalance, which can cause both a physical and emotional upset to your sex life, but it should only be temporary. Many women actually experience an increase in sexual desire with hormonal changes. If you take care to nurture your transition into menopause, you may find your sexuality renewed and a more gratifying experience.
Myth #6: After menopause hormones are no longer produced
No matter how far into menopause you are, you still have hormones! Most of the production is from the adrenal glands and in fact once we reach menopause about 50% of our estrogen and progesterone is produced by the adrenals. The reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone do decrease once your child-bearing years end, simply because they are needed less, but rest assured your body still produces hormones. By taking care of yourself, you can enjoy a long and healthy life, keeping weight gain, heart disease and osteoporosis at bay. It has been medically and scientifically proven age related disease can be delayed or avoided with diet that supplies key nutrients and plant-based hormones, exercise, mental and emotional awareness and having a spiritual connection.
Myth #7: The only way to get through menopause is to take hormones
It’s important to know that you always have choices when it comes to your body and to your health. Being aware of your options is especially crucial when considering hormone replacement therapy because of the proven harmful side effects and potential risks to your health.
You now know more of the truth about menopause, as well as natural ways to feel restored. Keep it safe and healthy. Want more information about menopause? Visit www.Femmerol.com