4 Myths about Aging and Menopause

With every passing day, you’re growing older and moving farther into menopause. Depending on your background, you may know a lot or a little about menopause and what to expect with aging.

Or you may think you know more than you do. There are several myths floating around about both aging and menopause, so some of what you’ve heard may not be correct.

Myth #1: You will gain weight as an older woman in menopause.

Gaining weight is a real possibility as you age and go through menopause. Changes that occur with both can cause your metabolism to slow down and your body to redistribute weight, But that doesn’t mean you have to take it lying down. Adjusting your diet a bit and making sure you exercise regularly can help keep you fit without adding a bulge around the middle. It just might take a bit more effort than it did when you were younger.

Myth #2: Older women in menopause can’t have sex.

Wrong! While your energy level may decrease with age and menopause, and some of the symptoms of menopause and aging can get in the way of wanting to be active in bed, your sex life doesn’t not have to be over just because you’ve reached menopause. You can have an active and satisfying intimate life if that is what you want. Your doctor can help you treat symptoms that get in the way, and you and your partner may need to discuss ways to stay intimate and physically connected. I can help to plan regular date nights, make it a point to connect with each other during the day, go on a romantic vacations, or being creative.

Myth #3: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not safe for older women in menopause.

There can be a lot of controversy when it comes to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and some doctors refuse to prescribe it for their older patients. Whether HRT is acceptable for older women depends on a number of factors rather then being a black and white “yes or no” answer. Some of those factors include whether or not you’ve already been using HRT, how long you’ve been using it, the extent of your symptoms, your personal overall health risks, family history, and hormone type and dose. The philosophy and background of your doctor will also play a key role, which is why it is important to get a second and even third opinion about what may be best for you.

Myth #4: You have no control over aging and menopause.

As long as you are alive, your body continues to age. And as a woman, menopause is going to come at some point in time. And both come with some significant symptoms and health risks. However, that doesn’t mean you have no control over either. You can choose to follow a healthy lifestyle that can allow you to minimize and reduce the effects of aging and menopause. It will take some discipline on your part, but your overall health is in your hands, and how you to choose to live your life will have a significant impact on your overall health and happiness.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.  Reprinted with permission: 4 Myths about Aging and Menopause

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