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Myths and Misconceptions about Menopause

There are many myths and misconceptions about menopause that can cause confusion and anxiety for women. Some of the common myths are:

  • Menopause starts late in life: The truth is that menopause can start anywhere from your late 30s to your early 60s, depending on various factors. The average age of menopause in the UK is 51.

  • Menopause is the same for everyone: The truth is that menopause affects every woman differently, depending on their genetics, lifestyle, culture, and health. Some women may have more or less symptoms than others, and some may experience different types of symptoms.

  • Menopause makes you gain weight:  The truth is that weight gain is not inevitable in menopause, although it is common. Weight gain is influenced by hormonal changes, aging, diet, and exercise. You can prevent or manage weight gain by eating well, staying active, and balancing your hormones.

  • Menopause gives you weak bones: The truth is that menopause does not cause osteoporosis, although it can increase the risk of bone loss. Bone loss is a natural process that happens throughout life, but it can be accelerated by low oestrogen levels. You can protect your bones by getting enough calcium, vitamin D, and exercise, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol.

  • Menopause wrecks your sex life:  The truth is that menopause does not have to ruin your intimacy, although it can affect your sexual function and desire. Some women may experience vaginal dryness, pain, or low libido due to hormonal changes. You can improve your sexual health by using lubricants, moisturizers, or hormone therapy, and by communicating with your partner and seeking professional help if needed.