Common myths about the menopause

Going through the menopause can be scary for any woman. After all, this is the biggest change your body has gone through since pregnancy or even puberty. However, there is no need to be worried. Below, you will discover some of the common myths surrounding menopause.

You are going to pile on the pounds

Yes, your metabolism is slowing down. Yes, your hormones are in flux. But this does not mean that you are guaranteed to put on weight, it is simply more difficult to prevent. You need to work on increasing the intensity and amount of exercise, as well as practising better portion control and limiting carb intake.

Prescription hormone replacements are dangerous

For some women, hormone replacement therapy can be beneficial. For others, they should stay well clear of hormone replacements. This is especially the case for those that have a history of smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. The best thing to do is book an appointment with a gynaecologist in London, and they will be able to assess you on an individual basis and provide you with the best plan for you.

Hot flushes are the only symptom of menopause

There is no denying that this is the most common symptom. However, it is not the only one. A lot of women end up feeling fatigued because they get less REM sleep. Other symptoms include foggy thinking, mood swings, and irritability.

Your period will just suddenly stop one day

This will happen to a small number of people, but it is not the most likely outcome. For most women, their cycles sputter for a while before they stop. This menopausal transition can last up to five years. It is to do with ovary fluctuation in the form of underworking or overworking. This can lead to periods either being too light or too heavy and either too far apart or too close together. Every woman is different, but the average woman has her final period at the age of 51.

As you can see, there are many misconceptions about menopause. If you want to know more about the truth, speak to leading consultant gynaecologist Dr Tania Adib.