There are many myths surrounding menopause, you may have heard that it’s all about mood swings and hot flashes, but you may be surprised that there are many popular beliefs regarding menopause are indeed false, identifying facts from fiction can help you go through this transit with ease. Here are the most common myths about menopause.
Myth 1. Most women going through menopause will experience depression.
Fact. Studies suggested that women in nature are already twice as likely to get depression than men, the studies clam that the hormonal shifts that occur in women’s bodies frequently is the main cause for depression however, other studies show no link between hormonal changes and depression at all. According to the According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, menopause by itself doesn’t cause depression, the hormone changes that occur around menopause can be responsible for some mood swings but not major depression episodes or psychological distress.
Myth 2. Women have to deal with really unpleasant symptoms after menopause.
Fact. Menopause affects every woman differently and while some women would experience hot flashes, night sweat and weight gain, many women find the symptoms of menopause mild and some may even find no obvious symptom for menopause other than the absence of menstruation.
Myth 3. Women put on too much weight after menopause.
Fact. Studies showed that women aged between 35 and 55 have a higher tendency to gain weight and even though some studies confirmed that women in their pre-menopause and menopause during this age range put on more weight, other studies showed that even middle-aged women that remain pre-menopause have a higher tendency to gain weight. Some studies link the difference that happens in the body compositions after menopause where the lean body mess gets decreased and the body fat percentage gets increased to the higher tendency of gaining weight at this age range. If you follow a healthy diet and exercise you will be able to prevent weight gain during your pre-menopause and menopause.
Myth 4. Women have no interest in sex after menopause.
Fact. This depends on your own view, many women find sex after menopause more fulfilling and enjoyable because they have to no longer worry about getting pregnant, and physically there’s no real link tied to decreased interest in sex and menopause, if you are experiencing this then ask your doctor, your lessened interest in sex can be due to some chronic diseases or a side effect to some medication your are taking. If vaginal dryness is keeping you from enjoying intimate contact then investigate your best options of lubrication aids.