Though every woman will experience menopause at some point in her life, every woman will be affected differently. The wide range of menopause symptoms may cause significant quality of life and health issues for some, while other women may experience relatively few noticeable changes.
Being aware of the truths about menopause and its possible impact on your life can better prepare you for coping with this transitional period. Knowing about common menopause myths can also help remove some of the fear and stigma associated with this inevitable phase of life.
To help get you started on your quest for information, here are 5 common myths about menopause and the truths about them.
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Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), is a condition with unknown origins. It can cause multiple symptoms including painful urination, frequent urination, discomfort or pain to the bladder and surrounding organs, tenderness, and pressure. There is some belief it could occur following a trauma (such as a gynecological surgery), infection, or damage to the bladder. Other theories consider hereditary connections, autoimmune disease, inflammation concerns, or epithelial links. Because so many women with endometriosis are being diagnosed with IC, it is sometimes referred to as the “Evil Twin of Endometriosis.”
Regardless of its cause, those suffering with IC/PBS know that it can be very painful and disruptive. Frequent trips to the bathroom along with chronic lower pelvic pain and discomfort can leave one feeling frustrated, tired, and overwhelmed. Having these symptoms on top of endometriosis can be especially difficult.
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If you find yourself alternating between laughter, tears, screaming, and basically feeling completely out of control emotionally, you may start wondering about your sanity. Instead of being crazy, however, you may be dealing with perimenopause.
During the initial phase of menopause, your hormone levels can become very erradic. Your estrogen levels may increase, you may skip cycles or have extra ones, and the length of your cycle can change. All those changes can increase PMS or cause hormonal imbalance, leaving you with a number of symptoms, including mood swings.
Read more about Mood Swings in Menopause.
If you find yourself dealing with anxiety or depression during menopause, you’ll want to find a treatment plan that will ease your symptoms. Keeping a symptom diary can help you and your doctor determine the intensity of your symptoms and if there are outside factors causing them. From there, you can work to find a treatment that addresses your needs and circumstances.
Living with anxiety and depression can range from using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to modifying your lifestyle to seeking professional counseling. You may find that a combination of treatments is what is best to relieve your symptoms. What might be best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms and if you have a history of anxiety and depression.
Read more about Living with Anxiety and Depression in Menopause.
Menopause brings with it a host of symptoms and changes which can leave you feeling stressed and miserable. Hot flashes, headaches, and vaginal dryness are enough to make you irritable and annoyed. Brain fog, insomnia, and depression can make it hard to function and complete your every day tasks. To add to the mix, life stressors around the time of menopause can add to your stress level.
Even though you may not be able to prevent menopause, you can control how much it affects you. There are a number of steps you can take to minimize your stress level and treat menopause symptoms which can help you feel calmer and more in control.
Read more about Menopause Stress Busters.
There are several risk factors for developing breast cancer. Some of them you can change, and some of them you cannot. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will develop breast cancer, nor does each factor carry the same risks. Conversely, not having these risk factors does not guarantee you will not develop breast cancer. Knowing about the various risks for breast cancer can allow you to be proactive with your health so you and your doctor can work to minimize them in your life.
There are risks you can’t change. There are some things you CAN change.
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What are some do’s and don’ts I should follow when trying to lose weight after my hysterectomy and during menopause?
Losing weight after a hysterectomy and during menopause can require a commitment on your part. Though it can take some time and effort, it’s possible to lose weight and make positive changes for your health.
Knowing some basic tips for weight loss can make the process easier. But before making any changes, you should talk to your doctor about an exercise and diet plan that is best for you. When you are ready, here are some simple do’s and don’ts that you can follow to help you lose weight less stressfully.
Read more: Do this Not that – Weight Loss after Hysterectomy.
If you, your physician, or an imaging test find a suspicious lump, you may need to undergo a breast biopsy. A biopsy can allow your surgeon to remove a small amount of tissue, which can then be examined by a pathologist to determine if there is a cancer concern. There are several different types of biopsies, with pros and cons for each option, so talk to your doctor about which choice is best for you.
FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION BIOPSY
During a fine needle aspiration biopsy, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and a very fine needle is inserted through the skin, into the lump. Depending on the size and location of your lump, your surgeon may guide the needle using touch or image guidance. Once the needle is inserted, a syringe is used to remove some of the tissue. Your doctor may take more than one sample, and the samples could consist of fluid or tissue cells. Read more about Breast Biopsy.
Though you may be aware you have a pelvic floor, you may not realize exactly what it does or what makes up your pelvic floor. You also may not realize how health, lifestyle, activities, and circumstances affect your pelvic floor, or how important it is to have a healthy pelvic floor.
Below are 15 surprising facts about the pelvic floor of which you may not have been unaware. Being knowledgeable and informed about the pelvic floor can help you work to have a healthy pelvic floor and minimize your risks of pelvic floor disorders. Read more about 15 Surprising Facts about Your Pelvic Floor. Read more about 15 Surprising Facts about Pelvic Floor.
Why do I feel so stressed out with menopause?
Whether it arrives naturally or following the removal of your ovaries, menopauseis inevitable. You probably expect it to bring hot flashes, sleep issues, and some brain fog into your life. What you may not expect is the stress that can go along with menopause.
Prior to menopause, you may have been generally happy with yourself and your quality of life. You were healthy and happy, secure in your career, and satisfied with life in general. But then menopause symptoms began to arrive. Between hot flashes, heart palpitations, and brain fog, day to day tasks at work and home become difficult. Mood swings and irritability make it harder to get along with your coworkers, family, and friends. Sleep issues leave you exhausted and restless. Rising cholesterol and weight gain aren’t good for your health. And there’s the fear of an increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis. Read more about Anxiety and Stress during Menopause.