Everyone knows at least something about menopause, but in most of the cases, there is something that isn’t exactly true. It shouldn’t be a time of confusion or uncertainty that adds unwanted stress. Let’s try to resolve some untruths that have been around for quite some time in different sources.
Menopause begins at 50
It is true that the average time when menopause occurs is around 50 years of age, but it doesn’t mean that for all women it’s the same. This natural process can happen anytime between 30s-60s. Technically menopause can be defined as “the absence of menstruation for one year.” Some of the symptoms indicating it might appear months before its onset. Some of the symptoms that might occur are mood swings, hot flashes, fatigue, irritability and weight gain. This period might be called perimenopause – a shift towards menopause. Did you know that it might last even up to 13 years until the real menopause? Symptoms can also occur during the menopause itself because “sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone naturally fluctuate more during.”13 And there is much more to it than just general numbers and symptoms.
Weight gain is inevitable
There is a transition that involves changes in hormones that in many cases lead to hormonal imbalance. The body will try to protect by storing fat and in these areas producing more estrogen that also leads to more fat productions. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that it is not possible to have a healthy weight when you are on menopause. It would mean that on the street you would see much more overweight women. The first thing that can help is eating habits. The body in this time needs good nutrition and lowered carbohydrates that allow balancing hormones. There are also many other methods that have proved to be successful.
Hot flashes – first sign of menopause
It is true that menopause comes with hot flashes, but that doesn’t mean that it is the first sign that occurs. Sometimes it might be so, but each case is different, and in other times it can be:
- Irregular periods
- Loss of sexuality
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Fuzzy thinking
- Heavy menses
- Forgetfulness etc.
There are numerous of symptoms and many of them women might not even think to be linked to menopause. Some of them basically can appear any time of life also for men etc. Some of the symptoms might appear due to lack of sleep (fuzzy thinking, fatigue, etc.) as well as certain medications (antibiotics, etc.). All of them might indicate menopausal state but at the same time something else.
There are no hormones produced
Not all the hormones have to do directly with ovaries. Adrenal glands are one of the organs that keep working. They produce around 50% of estrogen and progesterone during menopause. The body still produces hormones but in lower amounts. With the right treatment, it is possible to balance hormones in the way that it is less harmful to the body. Otherwise, it can greatly affect weight, urinary incontinence, etc. Changes appear but also hormones appear and disappear throughout the lifetime.
Only physical symptoms
Menopause has a lot to do with flashes, sweating, weight gain and other more visible occurrences but that isn’t all. There is a link also to more mental changes. Women might feel more anxious and irritable without apparent reason. There can be visible changes in emotions, memory and concentration already starting from the perimenopause time. The main reason is the fast change of hormone levels, especially progesterone, as it is directly linked to irritability and moodiness. Sometimes women also have new realizations about what they want in their life and how they see it.
Menopause is different women, and there are some truths and lies all around about it. It isn’t possible to generalize this process to everyone similar as with puberty when some had big pimples and extensive mood changes, but some didn’t even notice that many changes apart from the physical ones. Any menopause symptom or treatment should be discussed with professions not to allow myths to take over.
 The Top Ten Menopause Myths. Accessed from: https://www.womentowomen.com/menopause-perimenopause/menopause-myths/rel=”nofollow”