There are as many myths surrounding menopause as there are truths. In this article, we look at some of the more well-known myths and some facts about menopause.

Myth:

Menopause makes women emotionally unstable.

Fact:

Some women do experience emotional ups and downs and mood swings during menopause while others do not. Most mood swings or emotional roller-coaster can be assisted and helped naturally with the use of herbs.

If you are currently taking prescribed medication, it is best to check with your professional health practitioner before taking herbs.


Myth:

Menopause puts an end to sexual desire.

Fact:

During menopause, vaginal dryness does occur more frequently and can make intercourse painful, reducing desire, but this is readily treated with vaginal lubricants or estrogen creams. Menopause itself can affect libido either positively or negatively; some women actually have increased libido with menopause.


Myth:

Menopause disrupts a woman's life.

Fact:

Most women experience few or no menopausal problems; 25 percent have moderate, treatable symptoms. In countries where age is respected, women report the fewest symptoms during menopause.


More Facts about Menopause

In fact, during the transition period from early menopause to menopause, not only the adrenal glands but all the other glands in the endocrine system take over and create, in the body, a very different mix for the post-menopausal woman. The woman who emerges from menopause is different and has other things to be and do. The body recognizes this and does not need to be fed hormones needed for a younger person but a mix of natural herbs that will help her body through the change.

Hormones and the Endocrine System

A woman's whole endocrine system needs to be nourished so that it will fulfill its purpose. Modern diets, water, air and exercise do not, however, prepare the body for the change. Modern food does not contain enough of the much needed ingredients to help the endocrine system. Consequently, some modern woman have some or all of several unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, fibroids, emotional swings, headaches, aching joints, sleep disturbances and even incontinence.

Natural Herbal Supplements may help

There are various herbal supplements and remedies that can be used which contain the much needed natural and organic substances not found in modern food, which are needed to help the Menopause Woman in her transition to the most fulfilling and creative part of a woman's life.

Changes during Life

Firstly, there are many key changes a woman goes through in the course of her life. Starting with the onset of puberty, when a girl changes to become a fertile woman able to conceive and bear children. Then there is pregnancy itself and the carrying, bearing and rearing of children. During her later years there is another change most commonly called the Change of Life, usually this happens between the ages of 45 and 55 but in some cases, can happen earlier or later. This "change of life" or menopause as it is also known, can be very draining on the body and women can have a smooth change or something which can be quite unpleasant at times in terms of reactions in the body, as well as various emotional effects. For some lucky few, it can be over and done with within 6 months or so, but for most, it can happen gradually over several years.

Menopause defined

The Change of Life or Menopause, is literally defined in the Dictionary as “a cessation of menstruation”. It is technically the last menstrual flow of a woman’s life. The menopause, just like all the other stages in a woman’s life, brings with it physical, mental and emotional changes. Learning about these can help to better prepare for them.

Old to New

In indigenous cultures, each of these stages in a woman’s life is marked with some kind of social ceremony, a ritual whereby the woman is taken through these changes with the support of her social group. Often in our culture, these changes are experienced on one’s own. Sharing experiences with other women can help these transitions and provide reassurance, knowledge and support.

The Changes during Menopause

Menopause is the time when a woman passes from having regular periods and being able to reproduce sexually and bear children to no longer having periods and no longer be able to reproduce. Menopause is often associated with emotional ups and downs, periods of great mood swings and hot flushes. These can range from mild to extreme but most women will experience some or all of the symptoms associated with menopause.

Change to Wise Woman

Just as the transition from girls to women, such is the transition from menstruating woman to post-menopausal woman. In certain cultures, women pass into being wise women at this time or elders respected for their wisdom and understanding of life. This is often a time when women need to have the support of friends who understand the challenges and changes that will take place.