Menopause Fact/Myth

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Menopause: Insights, Facts, and Myths

According to a study from NCBI, about 65 % of women do not feel prepared for menopause, and several women perceive menopause as a relief to pregnancy worries and monthly cramps, a goodbye to bloodstained panties and premenstrual mood swings.

WOMEN'S PERCEPTIONS AND PREPAREDNESS FOR MENOPAUSE.

  • A report from NCBI, About 65 % of women do not feel prepared for menopause.
  • Same studies also affirm that since women do not feel prepared for menopause, they pick interest in a "structured lifestyle program containing weight loss and weight maintenance strategies to combat menopause symptoms."
  • Research has shown that about 80% of women are interested in a structured lifestyle program to relieve menopause symptoms.
  • About 72% of these women want targeted approaches for weight loss or weight maintenance.
  • 75% of women are interested in engaging in a lifestyle program with other women like themselves
  • Around 42% of women stated that they have not attempted using diet/lifestyle changes to control menopause symptoms, while 33% and 32% of women reported exercising occasionally or at least three times per week respectively.
  • It has also been found that women are more interested in exercises such as walk, resistance training, bike/cycle, exercise class (gym aerobics), and yoga as a means of controlling their menopause symptoms
  • A Yale University study of insurance cases from more than 500,000 women in various stages of menopause declares that 60% of women with significant menopausal symptoms seek medical attention.
  • According to research from AARP, about 42% of women never had a conversation with a health provider regarding their menopause.
  • A number of women perceive menopause as a relief to pregnancy worries and monthly cramps, a goodbye to bloodstained panties and premenstrual mood swings.

HOW WOMEN FEEL GOING THROUGH MENOPAUSE AND HOW IT IMPACTS THEIR LIVES

  • According to the AARP survey on more than 400 women between ages 50 and 59 with regard to their menopause experiences, 84% of the women said their menopause symptoms interfere with their lives.
  • The most common symptoms of menopause include; hot flashes (50%), night sweats (42%) and vaginal dryness (38%).
  • Research also shows that approximately 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause each day, and by 2020, about 50 million women will be postmenopausal.
  • According to NAMS, about 75% of women undergo some menopausal distress; 20% of these women stated that symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats "are severe enough to interfere with every meaningful aspect of their lives including sleep, work, and relationships."
  • Research shows that about 20% and 40% of menopausal women encounter hot flushes and night sweats (HFNS), also known as vasomotor symptoms. These symptoms are said to have a negative impact on the quality of life, including personal and work life of menopausal women.
  • Women have reported that these menopause symptoms are more challenging to manage in the workplace, "due to embarrassment and concern about the reactions of others."

THE FACTS AND MYTHS SURROUNDING THE CONVERSATIONS ON MENOPAUSE

  • Myth: Menopause doesn't require medical treatment.
  • Fact: Many women who experience menopause naturally do not need medical support to control their menopause symptoms. But for women whose menopause occurred prematurely, they require medical treatment. "Healthy living, natural, complementary therapies, and other medications may assist with menopause symptoms. "
  • Myth: A woman does not need to use contraception once her period stops because she can't conceive.
  • Fact: It is advised that women use contraception to avert pregnancy until they "have had one year without a natural period if they are over 50 years old, or two years without a natural period if they are under 50."
  • Myth: The only symptom of menopause are Hot flushes.
  • Fact: Women may encounter several other symptoms including night sweats, aches and pains, crawling or itching sensations under the skin, forgetfulness, headaches, irritability, lack of self-esteem, reduced sex drive (libido), tiredness, difficulty sleeping, urinary frequency, vaginal dryness and discomfort with sexual intercourse.
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  • "42% reporting that they ‘haven’t tried’ using diet/lifestyle changes to manage symptoms. For exercise frequency, 33% and 32% of women reported exercising ‘occasionally’ or ‘at least 3 times per week’, respectively, and was similar between peri-menopause and post-menopause "
  • "Of women who report some level of exercise, women preferred to exercise the following ways (in rank order): (1) walk, (2) resistance training (weights, resistance bands, etc.), (3) bike/cycle, (4) exercise class (gym aerobics), and (5) yoga."
  • "The vast majority of women (83%) reported being interested in a structured lifestyle program to help minimize menopausal symptoms, with interest only differing between postmenopausal [symptomatic] and post-menopausal. Furthermore, more than 75% of women were interested in participating in a lifestyle program with other women like themselves. Of those women who were interested in a structured lifestyle program, the following program components were the most important to them (in rank order): (1) weight maintenance, (2) weight loss, (3) physical activity sessions, (4) menopause education information, (5) holistic exercises, and (6) yoga/Pilates."
  • "Considering the opinions of menopausal women, a lifestyle modification program targeting weight loss or weight maintenance warrants consideration to both mitigate metabolic impairments and curb symptoms during the menopause transition as a potential alternative to HRT. Additionally, intervening during peri-menopause — when many metabolic derangements are occurring [4] — may be a timelier and more prevention-based approach versus intervening post-menopause. The potential benefits of a comprehensive, lifestyle program remain a potential powerful management tool to improve the metabolic health and overall quality of life of women during the menopause transition — and importantly, for the many years that follow."
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  • "For many women, menopause comes as a relief: an end to pregnancy worries and monthly cramps, a farewell to bloodstained panties and premenstrual mood swings. Though menopause signals the opening of a historically uncelebrated chapter in a woman’s journey, lots of women are thrilled to cross its threshold"
  • " it’s a journey often punctuated by hot flashes, insomnia and, in numerous cases, sexual dysfunction — symptoms that for some can continue for 15 years or longer. These episodes can make women in their 50s and 60s feel uncomfortable, demoralized and sometimes seriously ill."
  • " A Yale University review of insurance claims from more than 500,000 women in various stages of menopause states that while 60 percent of women with significant menopausal symptoms seek medical attention"
  • "Approximately 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause each day. By 2020, 50 million women will be postmenopausal. According to NAMS, about 75 percent of women experience some kind of menopausal distress. And for some 20 percent of these women, symptoms — in particular hot flashes and night sweats — are severe enough to interfere with just about every meaningful aspect of their lives: sleep, work and relationships. Severe symptoms typically last up to seven years; 15 percent of women who have hot flashes suffer with them for more than 15 years. "