Menopause is a natural step that comes in every woman’s life.
While menopause starts at most women around the age of 51, some go into menopause earlier. Menopause comes with a lot of changes and new challenges. Although menopause is a natural process, it is surrounded by a lot of myths.
Here are some myths and facts about menopause.
Myth: I will become fat
This is a myth that has some truth. Most women think that they will gain weight and that there is no way back. It is true, during menopause women could gain weight around the abdomen. But if you exercise regularly and have a good diet, you can keep yourself healthy.
Myth: I will be very depressed
Depression has multiple forms. Clinical depression requires medical treatment and it is caused by a chemical imbalance, as well as dysfunctional cognitive patterns. People who experience great loss can have depressive symptoms.
The persistence of these symptoms differentiates clinical depression from depressive symptoms. You might feel blue and depressed sometimes through menopause. You may feel that you want to cry after a happy moment. You might have mood swings. But all these are due to hormonal changes.
Myth: I will lose my mind
Many women think that they will experience long-term memory loss after menopause. Of course, hormonal changes can cause mood swings and sleep problems which may lead to a low power to focus.
Most menopause symptoms appear around the 40s and 50s when a woman is often very stressed. The children still need her help, she has a career and needs to take care of her ageing parents. This chaotic universe might make you think that you are losing your mind. But you really aren’t.
Myth: Sleep problems are not a symptom of menopause
In fact, they are. Around 61 percent of women report having sleep problems after menopause. They are often caused by hot flushes, insomnia and mood swings. These are normal changes.
To combat these sleep problems, you can try exercising regularly. You could also eliminate drinking caffeine and alcohol and eating spicy foods from your habits. Those hot flushes might keep you up at night so try to keep your bedroom cool and use cotton pyjamas.
Fact: Menopause happens gradually
Most women think that menopause is a brutal change in your body. It’s not. Menopause happens gradually and happens fully only after 12 months after your last menstruation. Symptoms can begin to appear slowly, being followed by a peak and a decline. You should keep in mind that menopause is a process and not a specific point in time.
Fact: Menopause affects your lifestyle only if you let it
Menopause is surrounded by myths and cultural assumptions. Most women think that this is the sign they are old. Of course, all these cultural values might shape your perception of menopause.
You might think that a lot of symptoms are inevitable and stop living your life. This is not the case. Exercising regularly, having a healthy and balanced diet and keeping your mind active are the things to do.
Keep in mind that your thoughts affect your behaviour and way of being and feeling. Whenever you think that what you think and feel is overwhelming, you can talk to a therapist.
So, keep in mind that…
Menopause is a natural ageing process and not a distinct point in time. Cultural values and assumptions might influence your perspective on this process. You should know that symptoms may be there, will have their peak and then decline.