Managing menopause symptoms can feel challenging enough, but when menopause misconceptions are also thrown into the mix, the process of getting through them one day to the next can be daunting. Menopause, unfortunately, still falls behind in terms of how it is discussed (if at all) in popular culture.

It’s not likely to be a point of discussion on the average television show, and you probably can’t recall many movies where it’s even mentioned. Because of this, myths and misconceptions about menopause still thrive, adding to the confusion women can feel when symptoms develop.

At PGOMG, we work with patients directly to help manage/relieve menopause symptoms, and we wanted to help clear up some of the most common misconceptions about menopause below.

Myth: Women don’t have to deal with menopause until they’re age 50 or older.

Menopause symptoms can develop when women are in their 40s, or they can develop as late as 55+. Every woman is different, though many women report developing symptoms around the time their mothers did. Menopause is official one year after a woman’s last period, though it can occur earlier than women may expect due to conditions like early menopause, having had a hysterectomy or having undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.

Myth: Menopause is mostly just dealing with hot flashes.

Although the hot flash is certainly one of the most well-known menopause symptoms and many women experience them, it is by no means the only symptom women face. Insomnia, painful intercourse, pelvic prolapse, incontinence and even osteoporosis are all symptoms associated with menopause. Learn more about unexpected menopause symptoms here.

Myth: You just have to put up with menopause symptoms. They can’t be treated.

Effective treatment for menopause symptoms is available, and women are encouraged to speak with their doctor if symptoms are interrupting their daily life. There’s no reason to have a lowered quality of life if treatment is possible, and your doctor will be able to provide a recommendation that best suits your lifestyle. At PGOMG, we work with patients who pursue hormone replacement therapy, biofeedback and bio-identical hormones. We can also suggest lifestyle changes to help alleviate any discomfort you may feel.