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Debunking Myths About Menopause

Menopause brings a series of changes that can be both bewildering and challenging. Amidst the waves of information, many myths circulate, adding to the confusion and anxiety. Understanding the truths behind these myths can help you approach this phase with confidence and clarity. Here, we'll debunk some of the most common misconceptions about menopause, so you can focus on your health and well-being.

Myth 1: You can't get pregnant

A prevalent myth is that once menopause begins, pregnancy is no longer possible. However, during perimenopause—the phase leading up to menopause—ovulation can still occur. As long as you are having periods, even irregularly, there is a chance of pregnancy. It's only after you have gone a full 12 months without a period that menopause is confirmed, and pregnancy is no longer a possibility.

Please remember: It's crucial to continue using contraception during perimenopause if you don't wish to fall pregnant!

Myth 2: Your sex life is over

Another common myth is that menopause marks the end of an active sex life. While hormonal changes can affect libido and vaginal dryness can make intercourse uncomfortable, these issues do not spell the end of sexual activity. There are many ways to address these challenges, including using lubricants or moisturisers and exploring other forms of intimacy. Many women report a resurgence in their sex lives once they navigate these changes and begin to communicate openly with their partners.

Myth 3: Menopause starts at 50

Menopause does not have a set starting age and can occur earlier or later than 50. The average age is around 51, but many women begin experiencing symptoms in their 40s, and a small percentage may even enter menopause in their 30s. Recognising that menopause can occur at different ages helps in preparing and responding to the symptoms effectively.

Myth 4: Menopause starts when periods stop

A woman officially reaches menopause when she has gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. However, the transition begins much earlier, in a phase known as perimenopause. During perimenopause, women experience most symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flushes, mood swings, anxiety, and irregular periods. Recognizing this phase can help women better prepare for and manage the transition.

Myth 5: Menopause means hot flushes

Hot flushes are often the most talked-about symptom of menopause, but they are not universal. Many women experience a range of symptoms with varying degrees of severity. These can include night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings, weight gain, and vaginal dryness. Understanding that menopause presents differently for everyone can help normalise your unique experience and ensure you seek appropriate support for your specific symptoms.

Myth 6: Menopause symptoms won't last long

The duration of menopause symptoms can vary significantly among women. For a small number of women, symptoms might last as little as a few months, while for others, they can persist for several years. Perimenopausal symptoms can start years before menopause and continue for a while after. This long duration can be daunting, but knowing that there are ways to manage and avoid symptoms can make a significant difference.

Myth 7: Menopause is the beginning of the end

Contrary to the belief that menopause signals the end of a vibrant life, many women find it to be a period of growth and a renewed sense of self, awareness, and perspective. Postmenopause can bring a sense of freedom from menstrual cycles and the possibility of embracing new opportunities. With a healthy lifestyle and a focus on connections and activities that bring joy, it's entirely possible to live a fulfilling, active, and rewarding life postmenopause!

Myth 8: Menopause leads to weight gain

Many women believe that menopause directly causes weight gain, but this is not entirely accurate. While hormonal changes during menopause can redistribute body fat, particularly around the abdomen, weight gain is not inevitable. Factors such as ageing, decreased physical activity, and changes in metabolism play significant roles. Maintaining a healthy diet and incorporating regular exercise into your routine can help you manage your weight effectively during menopause.

Myth 9: Menopause means osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often associated with menopause because of the decline in estrogen levels, which helps maintain bone density. However, menopause itself does not cause osteoporosis. It increases the risk, but other factors such as genetics, diet, and lifestyle also contribute. Women can take proactive steps to maintain bone health through calcium and vitamin D intake, weight-bearing exercises, and regular bone density screenings.

Myth 10: Memory loss is an inevitable part of menopause

Memory lapses during menopause are often attributed to 'brain fog' linked to hormonal fluctuations, particularly decreases in estrogen. However, menopause does not cause permanent memory loss or cognitive decline. These symptoms are usually temporary and can be managed through healthy lifestyle choices, regular exercise, participating in hobbies and enjoyable activities, and stress management. If memory problems persist, it's important to consult a healthcare provider to explore available treatment options. 


Menopause is a natural transition, and understanding the facts can make the experience more manageable. Remember, every woman’s experience with menopause is unique, but you're not alone—many resources and menopause specialists are available to help you every step of the way. Being proactive is the first step to supporting your health and well-being through midlife and beyond.



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