Myths and Misconceptions About Menopause

Menopause is a natural phase where a woman stops having a menstrual cycle. Most women begin menopause between forty and fifty years. During menopause, your body stops producing estrogen hormone, leading to various changes and symptoms. Common symptoms of menopause include vaginal dryness, mood swings, low libido, hot flashes, and weight gain. You may also experience severe issues like memory loss, vaginal atrophy, heart disease, depression, and urinary incontinence. Your Liondale Medical doctor can help you manage your menopause through medications and lifestyle changes to improve the quality of your life. People associate menopause with many myths and misconceptions, and below are some.

Menopause symptoms are not treatable

Although menopause is a natural stage in life, you may experience unpleasant symptoms, hindering you from enjoying life. There are various treatments for menopause, depending on your symptoms. Your doctor can recommend hormone therapy to relieve hot flashes and vaginal dryness. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce excess weight. If you have vaginal dryness, your doctor can recommend lubricants and vaginal moisturizers.

Menopause has no benefits

Despite the awful symptoms of menopause, some women find relief. The severity of menopausal symptoms varies in different women and can be mild, moderate, or severe. Studies show that most women feel relief from pregnancy prevention and the end of the menstrual cycle. You will no longer have

Hot flashes are the only symptoms of menopause

Most menopausal symptoms occur during the perimenopause stage, with about seventy-five percent of all women experiencing hot flashes. Trouble sleeping is common during menopause and mostly happens due to hot flashes during the night. Some women get sleeping difficulties in the absence of hot flashes. Mood changes, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, and forgetfulness are other symptoms of menopause.

Hormone replacement is not safe

Your healthcare provider can recommend hormone therapy to alleviate symptoms like vaginal dryness and hot flashes. The treatment may be harmful if you use synthetic hormones and your medical specialist does not appropriately manage the procedure. Studies prove hormone replacement therapy is safe and effective with few or no complications.

Menopause automatically happens at fifty

Just like other body processes in women, like labor, childbirth, and menstruation, it is not easy to predict the exact onset of menopause. In most women, menopause begins around fifty-two years. Menopausal symptoms begin at different times in different women. In some, it starts in the early thirties, while in others in the late sixties. Every woman has a unique body process, hence the varying periods of menopause.

Sex drive disappears permanently after menopause

Sex drive changes vary in different women during menopause. Some women experience an increased sex drive, which can be associated with great relief from fears of getting pregnant. Low libido mostly happens to women with vaginal dryness due to hormonal imbalance. Your doctor can prescribe medications or hormone therapy to address the problem.

Menopause is a natural phase in women where the body stops producing certain hormones, and you permanently stop having a menstrual period. During this phase, you may experience symptoms like hot flashes, low libido, insomnia, depression, and vaginal dryness, but they are treatable. Schedule an appointment at Liondale Medical for menopause symptoms to improve your quality of life. 

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