9 Myths and Truths About Menopause

If you’re entering midlife and just starting to experience the early signs of perimenopause or are in the throes of menopause, you might be wondering what’s going on. It’s common to turn to Dr. Google, a Facebook group, or friends and family members. However, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and with all of the conflicting messages about women’s health, it can be confusing to know what’s true and what’s not. Here are 9 common myths and truths about menopause.

Myth 1: Menopause inherently causes weight gain

Truth: It’s actually the aging process that causes weight gain, but menopause can increase belly fat. Your metabolism naturally beings to slow during midlife, and your weight will likely fluctuate with the change in estrogen levels. For more information about the “Meno 10”, including what causes it, and what you can do to help combat it, you’ll want to read this blog post.

Myth 2: You have no control over menopause symptoms

Truth: Research has shown that making lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms. To take charge of your menopause symptoms, learn about the menopause basics and sign up for the Lisa Health newsletter for the latest research on all things menopause and midlife wellbeing.  

Myth 3: Menopause is the beginning of the end

Truth: Don’t sweat it! Menopause and midlife can absolutely be the best chapter of a woman’s life. It’s all about perspective, giving yourself grace, and taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Want a positive example? Read our founder’s story here.

Myth 4: The only menopause symptoms are hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, and low libido

Truth: There are actually 34 symptoms of menopause and each woman will be uniquely affected. Your menopausal experiences will not necessarily be the same as anyone else’s. To learn more, check out this blog post on surprising menopause symptoms and this blog post on menopause 101.

Myth 5: Menopause marks the end of a woman’s sex life

Truth: Au contraire, many women are still sexually active and there are several things you can do to boost your sexuality. Find out more about sex during menopause in this expert interview with Dr. Barb Depree and this blog post on genitourinary syndrome by Drs. Nanette Santoro and Ivy Lin.

Myth 6: There is nothing you can do about mood swings during menopause

Truth: Various techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy and nutrition, can help you deal with mood swings effectively and improve your quality of life.  Find out more in this blog post about mental health and nutrition during menopause.

Myth 7: Menopause brain fog is a sign of dementia

Truth: Brain fog is more likely due to poor sleep and stress, and there are a number of ways to cope with these symptoms and improve your mental clarity. Learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia and stress management, and get five easy recipes to boost your brain health.

Myth 8: Bone loss during menopause can’t be reversed

Truth: While bone density does decline with both age and menopause, there are ways to monitor the process and some measures you can take to prevent further bone loss once the early years after menopause have passed. To learn more, check out this blog post from bone health expert Dr. Amy Shu on menopause and osteoporosis.

Myth 9: Compounded bio-identical hormones are safer than hormone therapy

Truth: Only FDA-regulated hormone therapy, including compounded bio-identical hormones, has been proven to be sufficiently safe for use. Read menopause expert Dr. Nanette Santoro’s blog post on hormone pellet therapy and bio-identical hormone therapy for more information.

Lisa Health can help you throughout any stage of your menopausal journey, offering science-backed activities and tips. Join us in the conversation!