Updated: Apr 13
Is it just hot flashes and mood swings?
Menopause, the inevitable natural transition that every woman from all ethnic and racial background goes through, is often put into a box of myths and misconceptions.
In many cultures, menopause is considered a taboo topic, often stigmatized and misunderstood, which can make it difficult for women to seek help and support during this time.
Therefore, it is time to start talking openly about this important stage of a woman's life and bring some clarity in.
In this blog post, we uncover the lesser-known aspects of menopause that go beyond stereotypical symptoms, and explore its impact on a women's health, relationships and overall well-being.
Menopause can be a complex and overwhelming time, but with the right information and support, it can also be an enjoyable and empowering journey.
Whether you are curious about menopause or in the midst of it, it is important to know what to expect and how to navigate this new phase of life.
Menopause is a natural biological transition that all women go through, but the experience can differ. It is a natural process that marks the end of a woman's reproductive years.
However, despite the fact that menopause is a natural occurrence, there are many myths and misconceptions out there surrounding this phase of a woman's life.
These myths can be harmful and disencouraging and holding women back from seeking appropriate care and treatment during this time.
Let's unravel the myths and misconceptions and bring clarity into it.
Myth #1 - Menopause only affect women in their 50s:
Reality: According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the average age of menopause worldwide is 51 years old. However, it can occur anywhere between the age of 40 and 60 some women may experience menopause even earlier - about 10%of women experience premature menopause, which occurs before the age of 40.
Myth #2 - All women experience the same symptoms during menopause.
Reality: The most common symptom of menopause is hot flashes and affects approximately 75% of women. BUT we are all unique, our bodies are unique, and every women's experience with menopause is unique, although there may be some symptoms, such as hot flashes and/or night sweats, that are common. Some women may even have no symptoms, which is natural but society has normalized symptoms during menopause which is unnatural.
"True healing of any condition means to restore the mind, body, and spirit to their naturally balanced states. " – the Charaka Samhita
Myth #3 - Menopause means the end of your sex life
Reality: Pre-menopause and Menopause can also affect a woman's sexual health, including changes in libido, vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse. BUT there are tips, advice and natural treatments available to support and alleviate the symptoms and improve sexual function. With proper care and communication with your partner/spouse, intimacy can still be fulfilling and enjoyable. For example the natural science of Ayurveda helps with tips and tricks on this journey.
Myth#4 - Menopause only affects women
Reality: While menopause is unique to women, it can also impact their partners, spouses, families, children, colleagues and friends. It is important to have open and honest conversations about menopause to help to educate those surround us.
Myth#5: Menopause is only a women's issue
Reality: Menopause can affect the whole family, environment, and society as a whole. Let's educate ourselves and create supportive communities and societies.
Myth#6:Menopause is a private matter that shouldn't be talked about.
Reality: Talking openly and honestly about menopause can help break the stigma and empower women to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. Let's keep the conversation going.
Myth #7 - Menopause is a disease
Reality: Menopasue is a natural biological process, NOT a disease. Simply put, it is the cessation of
menstruatuon.Menopause is NOT a condition that needs to be cured. There are options for symptom relief but let's celebrate this new chapter!
Menopause can be a time of reinvention and discovery- Trying new things, exploring new passions, and embracing the unknown. Is it always easy like this? No. Certainly not, but we can look out for new perspectives and enjoy menopause.
If you are approaching menopause or experiencing symptoms, know that you are not alone!
I mentioned above, it does not need to be a lonely journey. If you need support, self-care tips, and tricks, please reach out and send me an email at email@example.com We can set up a complimentary 15-minute call and figure out if we are a good fit to work together and discuss the next steps of the further procedure.
I would love to guide you a few steps on your journey.