Menopause and the different stages are a transition in life for women. That’s a fact. But there are misconceptions about menopause. We debunk a few here and further discuss this time in life.
Your menstrual cycle will just stop one day, never to appear again. For most, this is not the case. In fact, your period must not happen each month, for a full year, to be considered menopause. More than likely, your cycle will slow and be sporadic before it disappears completely.
Another thought is a heavier period is an indication of menopause. This is not true. If you are experiencing heavier cycles than normal, it is important to see your health care provider, to rule out any worse conditions. Do not dismiss heavy periods at any stage in life.
It’s all in your head. This one is absolutely false! There are noticeable changes during these stages. Some of the physical changes are drier skin, sleep disturbances, hair thinning, and hot flashes. Some other conditions can also happen with your mental health, such as depression and anxiety. This time in life is when your body changes once again. This means hormonal changes, causing imbalances. Most are temporary, but none of it is imagined AND they can be addressed with proper care in maintaining the healthiest lifestyle and hormone therapy. Some of the conditions can last for a few years, hormone therapy can lessen the changes caused by the imbalance.
Another misconception is not taking hormones has no risk. There are actually risks with low estrogen levels. These low levels can lead to osteoporosis, heart disease, and even dementia. Yes, there are known links with blood clots and stroke with hormone replacement therapy but have been improved upon and a healthy lifestyle helps to remove those risks.
Also, there is the thinking that you must suffer through menopause. This the biggest misconception yet! As your health provider, we can work with you and help ease the symptoms during this transition. It is very important not to ignore this stage and stay the healthiest you.