Menopause Myths & Facts You Need to Know

Menopausal woman fanning herself during a hot flash.

How much do you know about menopause? Read on to learn about some common menopause myths and the facts behind them.

 

Myth: Menopause Always Begins Late in Life

Perimenopausal symptoms can actually commence during middle age, and in some cases, as early as one’s 30s, despite the common misconception that menopause typically begins later in life. On average, menopause occurs in the early 50s, with perimenopause often starting between ages 45 and 55.1 2  However, the timing of menopause varies among individuals, with approximately 5% experiencing it between ages 40 and 45, and 1% before age 40. 3 

Fact: Menopause can begin as early as your 30s.

 

Myth: Menopause is the Same for Everyone

Just as the onset of menopause varies significantly from person to person, so too do the symptoms and emotional responses associated with this life stage. While certain symptoms like hot flashes are commonly reported, it’s essential to recognize that each individual’s experience of menopause is unique. As such, it may present unexpected challenges. However, by listening to your body and adopting healthy lifestyle changes that align with your needs, navigating through these challenges can become more manageable. Consulting with a naturopathic doctor (ND) can be beneficial in determining personalized dietary adjustments, supplements, and lifestyle modifications tailored to your individual body and experience. Your ND will work collaboratively with you to develop a comprehensive health plan that addresses your specific requirements.

Fact: All bodies are different, and everyone experiences their own set of unique symptoms.

 

Myth: Menopause Reduces Your Libido

During perimenopause and menopause, hormone levels can decrease, which might affect your sex drive. 4 However, this is not the same for everyone. For some, not having to deal with menstruation or birth control can feel freeing and actually increases desire. 5 Some menopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness, can make sex uncomfortable or painful, but exploring the use of lubricants, trying new positions, and prioritizing non-penetrative sexual touching may facilitate pleasurable sex and potentially even elevate your sex life to be better than it was before menopause. 6 

Some people do lose interest in sex as they go through menopause, which is perfectly normal and valid. However, if you still want to engage in sex, menopause does not have to be an impossible obstacle.

Fact: You can still have a thriving sex life through menopause and beyond.

 

Myth: Menopause is Something to Dread

Menopause might seem intimidating if you have not gone through it yet or have internalized some of the negative myths about it. However, menopause can actually be celebrated.

In some cultures, menopause is seen as a relief from having periods and all the discomforts that come with them, like cramps and mood swings. 7 It is true that menopause may come with its own challenges, but if you listen to your body and prioritize healthy dietary and lifestyle changes, you may find that menopause is an empowering experience that helps you feel more in touch with yourself.

Fact: With the right care and prioritizing yourself, menopause can be an opportunity to learn more about your body and feel better than ever.

 

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The information presented on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

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