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.
A hysterectomy is the removal of the womb in a female. Once the womb has been removed you are no longer able to conceive, your periods will of course stop immediately following a hysterectomy no matter how old you are. A surgical procedure is involved to remove the womb, most hysterectomies are carried out in women aged 40-50, but you can have a hysterectomy earlier or later than this, depending on requirements.
A oophorectomy removes the womb as well as both ovaries, this causes your body to go into immediate menopause.
This month we held a Facebook competition and invited all our wonderful LadyCare customers to leave their stories on our Facebook page, with the chance of winning a hotel stay for two in London. We were completely overwhelmed with all the amazing entries we received. Reading the stories and chatting with some of you, it was wonderful to see how many of you felt like LadyCare had really changed your lives, or made a huge difference in your life during menopause.
Perimenopause is the stage at which your body begins to reduce the production of hormones in the body, it’s therefore the transitional phase between menopause.
You are considered to be ‘perimenopausal’ until your ovaries stop releasing eggs. It can occur much earlier than most women think. The early to mid 40’s is the most common time for perimenopause to occur, but in some cases it can even be as early as the mid to late 30’s.
For many women, menopause can be an extremely stressful time. Coping with the effects of hormonal changes as well as other menopausal symptoms such as lack of sleep, can result in anxiety and depression.
Add to this the fact that menopause is often accompanied by other lifestyle changes, such as empty nest syndrome or caring for elderly parents, and it’s not surprising many women find their symptoms worsened by additional external stress.
As most menopausal women know, hot flushes are one of the most annoying and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause and over 75% of women in menopause experience them. They can hit any time, even while you sleep, and can last from seconds to several minutes or up to an hour.
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old,
you grow old because you stop laughing.”
For many women, menopause with its myriad of debilitating symptoms is not a laughing matter. But there’s a growing body of medical evidence to support comedian George Burns’s theory that laughter is the best “youth serum” there is.
When a woman goes through the menopause it’s an ideal time to make sure we are looking after our bodies in the best possible way. Menopause opens us up to so many potential health issues, it’s vital to stay in the best state of health possible.
Stress is the evil demon that robs us of our sleep and keeps us hanging on the edge of insanity. Stress is sadly often dismissed and ignored, or even just accepted as a normal part of life. However stress becomes dangerous to our health when it becomes constant.
A lot of women do not realise the role of stress in menopause; that relentless stress can actually make your menopausal symptoms even more intense.
Menopause is a time of transition marked by reduced levels of the hormone oestrogen, which can not only affect the body’s energy levels, but also bone and heart health. This phase of a woman’s life also brings with it some not pleasant symptoms like hot flushes, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings and dryness. However, adopting a healthy diet during this time can help reduce the effects of menopause.