Menopause is defined as the time a woman has her last menstrual period. Many women dread this stage of life because we’re led to believe menopause comes with hot flashes and other undesirable symptoms. But the fact is, there is a lot of misinformation circulating out there. This has led many of us to believe common myths about menopause that aren’t exactly true.
While there may be some less desirable symptoms that come with it, menopause should be a stage of life that is embraced, not dreaded. Not to mention, after spending decades with menstrual cramps and cravings, a life without a monthly menstrual period is something to look forward to. Now, let’s explore the common myths and misconceptions about menopause!
Myth: Every Menopausal Woman Experiences Hot Flashes
Hot flashes feel like sudden warmth in the upper body and are most intensely felt in the face, neck, and chest. Your skin may even turn red and some people even experience sweating. While many women (about 75-percent) will experience hot flashes, not all women will. It’s important to remember that menopause is not a one size fits all experience.
Symptoms of perimenopause and menopause will be different for everyone. Some women may experience moderate hot flashes, severe hot flashes, others experience insomnia, and some women don’t even experience any symptoms at all.