When it comes time to think of menopause, many questions arise related to its symptoms and side effects.
During this period that is inevitable in every woman’s life, consisting of a full year without having a period, certain beliefs often exist that have not been fact-checked. The following are three of the most common myths or questions that arise when it comes to talking about menopause.
- Will I gain weight?
While this can happen due to the lower level of hormones and metabolic changes that occur during this period, weight gain does not always occur. Some bodies respond differently, however, depending on their metabolism, genes and eating habits throughout their life. According to a recent study published in the International Menopause Society journal, weight gain is due more to age than to menopause itself.
- Will I experience a lower sex drive?
Hormonal imbalances can reduce women’s interests in having a sex live, which can occur in any phase of life, not just during menopause. It is normal during this period to be less aroused, but this does not mean the end of one’s sex life. On the contrary, given the greater knowledge they have of themselves and their inability to become pregnant, many women explore their sexuality much more during this period. According to the Argentinian Association for Menopause Studies (AAPEC, Asociación Argentina para el Estudio del Climaterio), symptoms related to a lower sex drive can be treated.
- Is hormone replacement therapy dangerous?
With this type of therapy, women receive a combination of estrogens to treat their symptoms in doses similar to those produced by their ovaries prior to menopause. There are risks and side effects related to hormone replacement therapy. According to the AAPEC, this therapy is recommended for women that have very strong hot flashes that impair their quality of life, as well as for those who run a higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis as well as for those who encounter early menopause.