April 2017 Hot Flashes

Menopause Myth Buster

Although menopause is a normal change that happens when a woman has not had a period for 12 months in a row, the signs surrounding it can feel anything but ordinary. In short, it’s no walk in the park. But one thing that can help the transition is separating fact from fiction. Here are three myths about menopause that need to be busted.

Myth: Menopause is a sex killer.

Truth: Many people link the decline in hormones that happens as women age to a decline in libido. A greater factor in determining how your sex life will play out is whether you had issues with desire and orgasm before menopause. If you did, then the challenges are more likely to continue

Myth: All hot flashes are created equal.

Truth: Yes, more than 70 percent of women do get hot flashes and night sweats. But not every menopausal woman does. And some get major hot flashes that are extremely agitating, while others get minor ones that are perfectly tolerable.

Myth: Absolutely nothing can be done to reduce menopause symptoms.

Truth: Recent research has demonstrated how regular exercise can help menopausal women not only lose weight and feel better about themselves, but also control hot flashes and other symptoms. The Menopause Society says, “Growing evidence indicates that an active lifestyle with regular exercise enhances health, quality of life and fitness in postmenopausal women.” She also noted that exercise has been shown to result in fewer hot flashes and a better mood.

(AARP.com)

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