Myth 1: Menopause Makes You Gain Weight
No scientific evidence supports the idea that menopause causes you to gain weight. However, hormonal changes during menopause do increase the risk of putting on extra pounds around your abdomen. Nevertheless, your weight and overall fitness depend more on your eating and exercise habits than on the effects of menopause.
Myth 2: Menopause Starts at Age 50
Menopause technically begins when a woman has not menstruated for at least 12 consecutive months. For most women, it begins between the ages of 45 and 55. In rare instances, however, menopause can begin in a woman’s 30s; it can also be delayed until a woman’s 60s.
Myth 3: Menopause Only Causes Physical Symptoms
Changes in hormone levels during menopause can also affect a woman’s mental health, causing depression, mood swings and other psychological symptoms. Some researchers believe that a drop in estrogen alters the chemical balance of the brain; others think that depression arises from frustration with menopause’s physical symptoms.
Myth 4: Menopause Causes Urinary Incontinence
It is true that 10 to 30 percent of women 50-64 years old have trouble controlling their urges to urinate; however, this symptom is unrelated to menopause. Several separate factors influence urinary incontinence: being overweight, bladder infections, and the effects of childbirth and aging on the pelvic muscles. Use Kegel exercises, maintain proper vaginal hygiene and hydrate yourself to reduce the effects of an overactive bladder.
Myth 5: Menopause Ruins Your Sex Drive
The changes that come with aging should not stop you from having a satisfying sex life. Affirm and enjoy your sexuality, regardless of your age. While menopause sometimes causes vaginal dryness, lubricant can easily take care of that. To feel sexier, take care of your vaginal health, eat well and exercise regularly.
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