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Menopause Myths

Menopause Advice, Mental Health, Self-Care, Stress, Wellbeing

4 Mar 2024

Menopause, a natural biological transition marking the end of a woman's reproductive years.

Menopause, a natural biological transition marking the end of a woman's reproductive years. 


It brings with it a range of physical and emotional changes. Despite its inevitability, there exist numerous misconceptions and myths surrounding menopausal symptoms. Understanding these changes and debunking myths is crucial for women navigating this phase with confidence and clarity. 

Common Menopausal Symptoms 

1. Hot Flushes and Night Sweats 


Reality: These sudden sensations of heat can cause flushing and sweating, often occurring during sleep (night sweats). 

Management: Dressing in layers, managing stress, avoiding triggers like spicy food or caffeine, and considering hormone therapy under medical guidance can help. 

2. Irregular Periods 


Reality: Menstrual cycles become irregular, shorter, longer, or heavier. 

Management: Tracking cycles, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and consulting a healthcare professional for guidance on managing irregular bleeding. 

3. Mood Swings and Emotional Changes 


Reality: Hormonal fluctuations can lead to mood swings, irritability, and increased emotional sensitivity. 

Management: Prioritising self-care, practicing relaxation techniques, and seeking professional support if symptoms significantly impact daily life. 

4. Sleep Disturbances 


Reality: Many women experience insomnia or disrupted sleep during menopause. 

Management: Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and discussing potential management options with a healthcare professional. Here at Bristol Menopause Hazel is trained in CBT-i which is recognised by the NHS to help with insomnia. 

5. Vaginal Dryness and Changes in Libido 


Reality: Decreased oestrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness, cause urinary symptoms and impact sexual desire. 

Management: Using lubricants, moisturisers, and discussing available treatments with a healthcare professional to address discomfort and maintain sexual health. 

Debunking Myths 

Myth #1: Menopause Only Affects Older Women 


Reality: While menopause typically occurs between ages 45 and 55, some women experience it earlier due to medical conditions, a family history of early menopause, hysterectomy, or treatments, such as post cancer therapy. 

Myth #2: Menopause Causes Weight Gain 


Reality: Hormonal changes can affect metabolism, but weight gain is not inevitable. Healthy lifestyle choices can help manage weight during this phase. 

Myth #3: Menopause Only Affects Physical Health 


Reality: Menopause can impact emotional well-being too, but it's not solely a physical transition. Emotional support and self-care are crucial aspects of managing menopausal symptoms. 

Myth #4: All Women Will Experience Severe Symptoms 


Reality: Menopausal experiences vary widely. While some women may have severe symptoms, others might experience minimal disruption. 

Understanding menopausal symptoms, debunking myths, and embracing this phase as a natural part of life's journey empowers women to navigate it more confidently. Prioritising self-care, seeking professional guidance when needed, and recognising individual experiences are key to managing menopausal symptoms effectively. We are here to support and guide you through this transition. 

Get in Touch

If you would like a personal Wellwoman Check, or are suffering from any of the symptoms of the menopause and would like to learn more, please head to our contact page to book an appointment. 

You'll be so glad you did!

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