Menopause is getting more attention these days, but do we actually know the difference between the menopause myths and the actual facts?
In the UK alone, it is estimated that 13 million women are peri- or post-menopausal. How is it then, that it remains a subject with so much misunderstanding at its core?
In this article we’ll a take a deep dive into common myths and misconceptions – everything from age, to symptoms, to lifestyle. We’ll explore these topics and help you separate fact from fiction.
Myth 1 – “I don’t need to change my diet”
Changing your diet may help to reduce menopausal symptoms, keep bone density, and reduce risk of heart disease. Eat a heart healthy diet, including at least five portions of different coloured fruit and vegetables, plenty of fibre rich cereal foods, and more fish, nuts (unsalted), peas and beans Aim for two to three portions of calcium-rich foods every day.
Myth 2 – “Hot flushes are the only symptom of Menopause”
While hot flushes and night sweats are the most common symptoms of the menopause, there are 34 identified symptoms ranging from physiological to psychological. Which symptoms you will get is a complete lottery!
Myth 3 – “I can’t exercise during Menopause”
Regular exercise can help reduce stress, improve mood and concentration, help to clear your thoughts, and help you deal with your emotions more calmly. Some evidence shows that regular exercise can reduce incidence of hot flushes!
Myth 4 – “I’m losing my mind”
During the menopause you might experience short term psychological symptoms including memory problems, difficulty concentrating, lack of confidence, lack of energy and motivation and irritability. These are very normal and can be managed with the right support and adjustments.
Myth 5 – “There is nothing I can do for the symptoms of Menopause”
A problem-free menopause is the dream for everyone, but for most of us we will experience symptoms that can range from mild to severe. The key really is to stay updated, keep yourself informed and know that there is support available to you. Remember to treat yourself with some tender loving care!
Let’s talk openly about the menopause. Let’s educate ourselves and others. It’s time to raise awareness and break this long held taboo. Let’s change the change!
If you want a more in-depth exploration into menopause, check out our free webinar Mythbusting Menopause: Common Myths and the Actual Facts.
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