Menopause can be a difficult and confusing time for many women. It’s certainly not helped by all the myths that seem to get thrown around, so today we wanted to debunk some of the most common menopause myths we’ve heard women talking about.
Women Hit Menopause at 51
51 is often referred to as the golden number for menopause, but the reality is that many women go through menopause in their mid-late 40s and many in their mid-late 50s. Everyone is different and it’s unlikely you will have the same menopause experience as your friends and family. Perimenopause is the period leading up to menopause, when your body starts to reduce the production of hormones, estrogen and progesterone. You could be perimenopausal many years before you technically hit menopause.
HRT Is the Only Answer
HRT is not always the most preferred method for dealing with menopause symptoms, HRT can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease in some women, usually over the age of 60 with a history of smoking or weight gain. Other medical studies have suggested that HRT can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. For this reason, many women are reluctant to use HRT.
Luckily there are other methods for dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms that menopause often brings. The LadyCare device is already helping thousands of menopausal women across the world. It’s a small discreet device that clips on to your underwear, it’s completely natural and has been scientifically proven to reduce up to 24 symptoms. So don’t let anyone tell you that HRT is the only answer, it’s certainly not for everyone.
Most Women Stop Having Sex After Menopause
Menopause does not mean the end of sex, many women have reported better sex after menopause due to an increased sex drive and letting go of pregnancy concerns.
If vaginal dryness has become an issue for you, invest in some water-based or silicone-based lubricants. This is a simple solution and it can be great fun trying different flavours or brands, so don’t be concerned if you’ve never used a lubricant before.
Early Bloomer Means Early Menopause
A common misconception is that if you started your periods at an early age, you will go through the menopause earlier and if you were a late bloomer, this means a late menopause. This is not true at all, every woman has a different amount of eggs from birth which affects when they go through menopause. Someone who started menstruation very young will not necessarily have an earlier menopause than someone who started much later into their teens.
These are just a few menopause myths, unfortunately there are many! We tend to get a lot of questions about hysterectomies, so if you’d like to learn more about how a hysterectomy will affect you, please read our post ‘hysterectomies and early menopause’ Plus, if you’d like to learn even more about menopause then follow us on twitter @ladycareusauk or connect with us on facebook where we share lots of information about dealing with menopause symptoms and embracing this time in our lives.