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The Myths About Menopause

Emily Butler

Perhaps the biggest myth about menopause is that it's the beginning of the end. That may have been true in the sixth century, when the average age of menopause coincided with or often surpassed life expectancy, but today women are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. The average woman can now expect to live about one-third of her adult life after menopause, which typically begins around age 51. And for many women, those years are a time of growth and opportunity.

Menopause is the end of your monthly period, but it's not the end of your life - nor is it the miserable experience it's often made out to be. Here's the truth behind some common menopause myths.

Myth:

  • Most women going through menopause experience depression;
  • All women experience unpleasant symptoms during menopause;
  • Most women need to take hormone replacement therapy after menopause;
  • Women gain a lot of weight after menopause;
  • You can still get pregnant after menopause;
  • Women stop having sex after menopause.

Perhaps the biggest myth about menopause is that it is a time when you slow down and watch your health start to go downhill. The truth is that women are living healthier, more active lives than ever before and often use this time to further develop their careers, travel, volunteer, and spend more time with loved ones. Women who take good care of their bodies and minds can continue to enjoy life long after menopause.