Debunking the ‘myths’ about menopause

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 4:24 PM

HOUSTON—It is inevitable for women. The big change of life, or menopause, is when the ovaries stop making eggs and produce less estrogen and progesterone. 

“The change” usually occurs in women between ages 45 and 55. During that time, a woman’s menstrual cycle eventually stops and the body goes through changes that no longer allow a woman to get pregnant.
Most women see menopause as the beginning of the end, but it does not have to be that way.
“Women need to understand that menopause is a transition,” says Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt, M.D.
Staness Jonekos claims menopause is one of the best things that ever happened to her. She boasts about “feeling and looking better than ever before,” after a few lifestyle changes. Jonekos’ life after menopause debunks a few myths about the great change of life.
Some women believe menopause signals the end of your sex life. While a drop in hormones has an impact, general health and social factors like marital status carry more weight. To increase your libido, experts recommend exercising and staying sexually active. Having sex stimulates blood flow to your sex organs and keeps them healthy.
Other common misnomers about menopause include depression. While hormone changes may be responsible for symptoms like mood swings, they’re different from true clinical symptoms and they go away. 
“Menopause is just a door we walk through into another stage,” adds Dr. Shufelt. 
It is a door—with the right attitude—you can look forward to.

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