Though menopause is something many women dread or fear, it’s really the unknown that can be the most intimidating part of the journey. Sure, your body probably hasn’t changed this drastically since puberty, but knowing how to distinguish between fact and myth may just give you the peace of mind you need. First and foremost, every woman experiences menopause differently. However your body is affected, the most important thing is to remember that this time in your life doesn’t have to be a scary one.

 

 

Myth #1: Your sex drive plummets.

It’s not uncommon for a woman’s libido to decline with age. However, the biggest change during menopause is typically a physical one — unrelated to desire. As estrogen levels decrease, you may experience vaginal dryness and/or lose elasticity. To help combat any discomfort during sex, try using a lubricant like Good Clean Love Almost Naked Organic. This safe, water-based formula is pH balanced to mimic a woman’s natural chemistry and is 100 percent free of harsh ingredients.

 

Myth #2: Every woman experiences the same kind of hot flashes.

Nope! Though about 75 percent of women experience hot flashes in some form, those within the majority can range anywhere from minor symptoms to severe episodes. Timing may also differ, as some women get flashes much earlier or later than others. Again, everyone’s body is affected differently and there are ways to make your symptoms more manageable.

 

Myth #3: You’ll gain weight.

Although hormonal changes and a slower metabolism are common with age, it doesn’t necessarily mean weight gain is inevitable. But it may become more difficult to shed unwanted belly fat, due to a shift in estrogen levels. Luckily, a well-balanced diet and regular exercise can help you keep your weight in control.

 

Myth #4: Menopause hits at age 50.

Just because menopause is associated with middle age does not mean things turn on or off as soon as you get there. The average age that an American woman reaches menopause is 51, but it can range anywhere between 40 and 58 years old. And menopause is actually official once you’ve stopped having your period for 12 consecutive months. 

 

Myth #5: The only symptom to watch out for is hot flashes.

Unfortunately, there are other not-so-fun changes that can come with menopause. Sleep disruption is a big one, along with mood swings, irritability and vaginal dryness. The symptoms can be impacted by several various factors, including weight, alcohol use, and lifestyle habits.



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Nicole is a San Francisco-based writer who enjoys writing about sex, female empowerment, and relationships. When she’s not working, she’s usually eating and/or listening to Drake.