5 Menopause Myths That Just Aren’t True

Every woman goes through menopause eventually, andólet’s be honestómost of us aren’t happy about it. In our culture, menopause is viewed as a sort of womanly punishmentóa period of wild shifts†and dips in mood, sex drive, sleep, and mental function.

The truth is, menopause isn’t†all hot flashes, irritability, and foggy thinking. In fact, it’s probably not as bad as you think. Menopause is a widely misunderstood phenomenon. Here are five major myths about menopause that we need to clear up.

Menopause is a widely misunderstood phenomenon. Here are five major myths about menopause that we need to clear up.

Myth #1: Youíll hit menopause by the time youíre 50. † †

While 51 is the average age, some women hit menopause much earlier or†later. Itís not uncommon for women as young as 45 or as old as 55 to go through menopause. And some women may even hit it as early as 35 or as late as 60.

When you begin menopause†depends on how many eggs you were born with, how healthy of a lifestyle you lead, your medical history and your genetics. Additionally, menopause doesnít just happen. Itís a process that can sometimes take years.

Myth #2: Your metabolism will crash, and youíll gain weight. Itís inevitable.††

Menopause doesn’t necessarily mean that your metabolism is going to shut down for business. And even if you do gain weight, that doesn’t mean it’s stuck on there.

There is plenty of evidence to show that cleaning up your diet can balance out menopausal shifts in metabolismómeaning weight gain and a non-functioning metabolism isn’t imminent. It’s important, however, to maintain a healthy weight during these hormonal changes, as they can affect†where and how fat is stored†in the body.

Mature Woman Experiencing Hot Flush From Menopause

Myth #3: Get ready for major hot flashes.

Believe it or not, not all women get hellacious hot flashes. It’s estimated that 20 percent of women don’t experience any hot flashes during this period of hormonal shifts.

For the rest of us, hot flashes are†much more†manageable than you’d think.

The fact is, a lot of the negative side effects commonly associated with menopause can be counteracted with smart lifestyle shifts. Regular exercise has been shown to control hot flashes, improve mood, balance weight, and reduce fatigue. You don’t have to feel like you’re trapped in Satan’s sauna.

In addition to lifestyle shifts, there are plenty of natural remedies you can try to make these temporary hot flashes more manageable.

Myth #4: Your libido is going to take a major hit. ††

While some women do experience a shift in libido during menopause, this is not necessarily a universal truth.

Going through menopause doesn’t mean your sex drive will automatically plummet. Yes, your estrogen levels will drop, but that doesn’t impact sex drive as much as you’d think. More often, the†libido is stunted by other side effects, like vaginal dryness and moodiness.

But these issues are easily remedied†with the help of a naturopath. If you do struggle with libido or sexual enjoyment during menopause, don’t worry. A decreased libido is only temporary, and most women go right back to their†normal sexual appetites once they†are post-menopausal.

Mature Woman Lifting Dumbbell At Home

Myth #5:†It will be horrible.

Pop culture†paints a caricature†of menopausal women, but that doesn’t mean it is true.†

The most important thing to know about menopause is that, yes itís inevitable, but it will not necessarily be horrible. Itís not a punishment. Menopause is a natural bodily process that leads women from one phase of life into the next, and thatís an exciting thing.

Menopause is†a time of profound emotional and spiritual growth. Keep a positive attitude and a clean lifestyle, and embrace the changes your body is going through.

Menopause simply means you stop ovulating. It doesn’t mean you stop being a vibrant, beautiful, active woman. Stay true to yourself.

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Julia S
Julia S16 hours ago

I'm pretty lucky, following my grandma's path with almost no issues. (At least, about periods.) My mom suffered for several years with headaches, weight gain, and even swoons. But I mostly blame it on a bad gynecologist. Most of the symptoms can be alleviated with a good medication/diet.

J Wells
J Wells2 days ago

One way to get some idea of what peri-menopause and menopause will be like for you is to take a look at what your periods are like. If your periods tend not to have many issues then chances are your menopause won't be as bad. But if you're like me and have PMDD it's probably going to suck.

Lindi S
Lindi Smith3 days ago

So these 'tropical moments' aren't for reals?
Pass me a fan and a maitai please .......

Kathy G
Kathy G3 days ago

Thank you

Jetana A
Jetana A4 days ago

Some of these aren't myths for a lot of us!

Jetana A
Jetana A4 days ago

Several of these "myths" were parts of my r

Elizabeth O
Elizabeth O5 days ago

Thanks for the article.

Lucelia H
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Peggy B
Peggy B5 days ago

No myths except it may not be bad for all.

Amanda M
Amanda M5 days ago

Those of you who don't get any menopause/perimenopause symptoms, I HATE YOU SO MUCH!!!! :) I began perimenopause at age 36, and ever since it's been a nightmare of irregular periods (I used to get them on the same DATE each month, and now I'm lucky if I guesstimate the WEEK right!), intensified menstrual symptoms (think "PMS squared!"), insomnia, weight gain, hot flashes (although this time of year, who can tell the difference between a hot flash and a heat front?), migraines, a libido in my socks, and to top it all off, I'm turning into the Bearded Lady! (WTF is up with THAT one?) I begged my gyn to let me go on HRT or at least birth control pills again because they helped me with my dysmenorrhea before, but she refused, saying that being in my 40's puts me at risk of a stroke (as if the stress of the symptoms on top of being a burned-out SAHM didn't do that enough already!). I want to come back as a man in my next life-all they have to worry about is "rising to the occasion" at embarrassing moments and prostate-related stuff once they hit 40, and it's far easier for them to take care of business when nature calls!