Menopause isn’t an easy or convenient time for any woman. But knowing you aren’t alone in your journey can provide a little bit of comfort.
SheKnows Canada recently conducted a survey to ask you what your experience has been with menopause, what your questions are and how you cope. Now we’re happy to bring you the results of that quiz so you can get a better sense of other women’s experiences during this life change.
Most common symptoms
In terms of symptoms, hot flashes and mood swings were the most common, with 25 per cent of women saying those were the only symptoms they experienced. But a whopping 65 per cent said they experienced a combination of several symptoms, including hot flashes, mood swings, decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, bone density loss and weight gain. So although your chances of experiencing hot flashes and mood swings are the highest, it is completely normal to have a variety of other symptoms thrown into the mix.
When it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, equal numbers of women reported using either natural remedies and supplements or prescribed medications. But a sizable 72 per cent revealed they didn’t use any products to alleviate symptoms of menopause. Fortunately for us, we no longer live in a world where women just have to grin and bear it. Plenty of treatments — whether natural, prescribed or over the counter — can help with the frustrating symptoms of menopause. So don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor for more information.
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Menopause and sex life
How menopause affects a woman’s sex life is one of the least talked about side effects, but its prevalence and severity should not be underestimated. When asked whether their sex lives had been negatively affected by menopause, 40 per cent of women said it had been severely affected, while another 31 per cent revealed their sex lives were moderately affected. Decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness both are common symptoms of menopause and certainly nothing to be ashamed of, as made evident by the majority of menopausal women polled who are dealing with it today.
Who do you talk to?
Getting comfortable talking about menopause isn’t easy for some women. Close to 55 per cent of those surveyed said they trust a medical professional’s opinion the most, while 38 per cent said they prefer talking to friends and 7 per cent said they trust only specific medical professionals. No matter who you talk to, the important thing is to talk. Only 10 per cent of women said they weren’t at all comfortable with talking to other women about menopause, but that’s still 10 per cent too many. You aren’t alone in this and many resources and treatments are available — don’t be afraid to ask questions so you can make sense of this confusing time.
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