Four surprising menopausal myths



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Four surprising menopausal myths. Find out how a healthy diet, exercise and natural treatments can help with menopausal symptoms.

ABC
The View from the Bay
June 17, 2010



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Tips featured in the segment:

  1. Menopausal discomforts don’t start until your period stops: Hormonal changes can begin as early as the late 30s or early 40s. Many women begin to experience night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, headaches, changes in sex drive and changes in the menstrual cycle long before their periods stop.
  2. Hot flashes are due to low estrogen levels: Hot flashes can occur in women with high estrogen levels (during pregnancy) or with fluctuating estrogen levels. Other triggers include low progesterone, low testosterone, high follicle-stimulating hormone, surges of luteinizing hormone, increased cortisol and low beta-endorphins and antioxidants.
  3. Low sex drive is a normal part of aging: Many perimenopausal and menopausal women experience lower sex drive, but others find their sexual appetite increases with age. Low or high estrogen, low progesterone and low testosterone levels may contribute to a decreased sex drive, while stress, life changes and illness can also be factors.
  4. Menopause means hot flashes: Hot flashes are a common discomfort in menopause, but they are neither universal nor the only health concern. Some women never experience hot flashes but may experience anxiety, depression, foggy thinking, headaches, insomnia, weight gain, water retention and vaginal dryness.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.