It’s true: The majority of women worry about the symptoms of menopause. Many look to that stage of their lives with mistrust, and even great fear, in part because of the many menopause myths out there.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you become adequately informed, you can enter menopause without groundless worry and anxiety, and perhaps even with optimism as this new phase of life begins.
What Exactly Is Menopause?
According to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), menopause is the time when menstruation stops. It’s considered to have “arrived” if for 12 consecutive months you haven’t had a period.
Menopause happens because the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, two fundamental hormones in the menstrual cycle.
The most significant thing about menopause is that a woman can no longer become pregnant.