[Menopause – the word every woman dreads]
If you are a woman, you’re aware of the dreaded menopause symptoms. But how bad are they really?
Gwyneth Paltrow said that “Menopause gets a really bad reputation and needs a bit of a rebranding,” so the misconceptions and myths of aging should be corrected.
For such a normal process in a menstruating person’s life, there are still many questions surrounding it.
After so many decades of cramps, cravings, and emotional imbalance, spending the rest of your life without a monthly period can be a big change. And that “change” can be confusing.
So, we debunk a few myths about MENOPAUSE.
Myth 1. It’s getting HOT in here.
Is it hot in here, or is it just my menopause? As we have seen in media, and heard from other people, hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, and they’re BAD.
Turns out, hot flashes might actually be worse during perimenopause – the time preceding menopause. So you might have already gotten through the worst of it once you are in the process of menopause.
Myth 2. Your period will just END.
If your cramps are too much, you probably wish that you do not want to have your period every month. It’s not like “One, two, voila! No more period for me!” as menopause does not mean the change happens overnight.
You are considered in menopause when you have gone an entire year without your period.
During premenopause, you will notice some changes in your typical period, because of hormonal adjustments. Your period can get lighter, may get heavier, become more irregular, you may spot.
It’s really an unpredictable rollercoaster ride. But it will not stop instantly.
Myth 3. It starts in your 50s.
Turning 50 does not mean that the hormone engine automatically revs up. While on average menopause begins at around the age of 52, some people start feeling symptoms in their 30s while some in their 60s.
There’s no age guideline when change will come, but knowing when your mum started hers might help you at least estimate.
Myth 4. Ciao sex drive, we had so much fun.
Dry season has arrived! Where? In the vagina in the menopausal stage. As estrogen gets lower, body lubrication decreases too.
Dips in sex drive and arousal levels are sometimes reported, so is an INCREASE IN LIBIDO!
Menopause gives relief from unplanned pregnancy fears, so it can really turn a person on. And some people’s sex life do not change at all.
Everyone’s experience will be different, but sexual satisfaction does not automatically nosedive the second menopause hits.
Myth 5. You are now officially an empty nest – you cannot get pregnant!
As mentioned, you are considered to be in menopause after 12 entire months without a period. It means that you could be period-less for 11 months and still get pregnant.
The irregularity during perimenopause leaves room for pregnancy to still occur, so take precaution.
[ SO, WHAT REALLY HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY IN MENOPAUSE?]
Menopause officially occurs when a woman has gone an entire year (yes, 12 straight months) without getting a period and is not pregnant or sick.
It’s a normal part of aging when female sex hormone levels naturally go down as one gets older.
Vaginal conditions change with body conditions. The lower the estrogen, the lower the lubrication – the vaginal walls become drier and thinner.
The blood flow to the vaginal tissues decreases and the vagina narrows and shortens.
Exploring the change can be difficult, as it is part of aging.
Seeing your doctor, talking to your friends and mum, and using proper products that can relieve symptoms from vaginal dryness can help you get through it better.
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