We help you separate fact from fiction.
Myth: Menopause occurs all at once.
Just like adolescence, menopause comes on gradually. Perimenopause (the transition period preceding menopause) begins most often between the ages of 45 and 55 and takes years to complete. Menopause officially starts after 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle, at which time a woman is no longer fertile.
Myth: You’ll have the same menopause experience as your mother.
Menopause is like a snowflake, explains Amberen NurseAid’s Holly DuBrey, RN. Everyone’s experience with it is different. “I’ve had mothers and daughters call up. After two or three years of menopause, the mother is almost completely done, while the daughter has been dealing with it for 15 years,” she says. “You are an individual, and what happens to your next door neighbor or your mother and sister may not happen to you.”
Myth: My doctor tested my hormone levels, and mine were higher than the average person’s. Should I be worried?
Remember that the “normal” ranges are simply an average, DuBrey points out. While most people will fall in that range, not everyone will. Just like your weight, height, cholesterol and heart rate are individual, so too are your hormone levels. Yours may run higher or lower than the average—and that’s okay. More important is to focus on your baseline and balance out your hormones accordingly.
Myth: You just have to deal with your menopause symptoms.
In her role as Amberen Customer Care Supervisor, Kristin Dutton routinely talks to people who believe that menopause symptoms are to be endured. Not so, she says. “You don’t have to suck it up and deal with it,” Dutton explains. “Nowadays, there are so many options available to women, from all kinds of exercise activities to a variety of supplement choices, and they should take advantage of it. And if Amberen isn’t the right fit, there’s something out there that may help alleviate the symptoms. You can also work with your doctor or practitioner to get the relief you are comfortable with.”
Myth: There’s no upside to menopause.
Yes, the symptoms can be challenging—hello, mood swings!—but there are certainly reasons to celebrate menopause. The obvious one? No more periods! This means having sex without the possibility of getting pregnant and wearing white pants and slipping into a swimsuit without worry any time of the month.
Another plus: You’re prepared for the changes that lay ahead of you, and you’re willing and able to talk about them. In fact, because we’re more connected than ever, it’s never been easier to find support among other women. “You’re dealing with all these crazy symptoms that you’ve never experienced before, and when it starts happening, it’s confusing,” says DuBrey.
“The greatest thing that’s happening is women are getting together and talking. Menopause brings women together because everyone is going through the change, and no one knows what’s going on. Even on our Facebook page, we see women commenting to other women even though they don’t know each other.”
“Women in the menopausal age group are more prepared, they know it’s coming,” agrees Dutton. “Some embrace it, like, This is my change, this is my time, I’m going to rock this menopause. They talk about it with their coworkers and friends, and build a really great support system to help them through it.”
Amberen encourages women to be meno-positive by looking at menopause from a different perspective – as a period of your life that brings maturity, wisdom, and finally lots of time for yourself! You are in menopause, and you know what you want, you are wise and mature, you are taking action and continuing your journey to experiencing the better you.
If you have any questions about menopause or Amberen, speak to an Amberen NurseAid expert by calling (800) 211-8021 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST.