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Facts and Myths

Menopause: Facts and Myths

Menopause occurs when a person’s menstrual periods have stopped for at least a year. It marks the end of fertility and the beginning of a new chapter in life. 

Many people experience the onset of natural menopause in their 40s and 50s. But in some cases, health issues, medications, surgeries or medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause menopause to begin at any earlier age.

Like any other significant life change, menopause can feel overwhelming. It can be difficult to make sense of all the information out there about this stage of life, which is why we’re breaking down a few menopause myths for you.


Myth 1: I don’t have symptoms, so menopause must be over.

Contrary to what you often hear, menopause isn’t something you “get over.” Menopause is an ongoing process. It continues for the rest of a person’s life. 

Symptoms may come and go over time, depending on hormone levels and other factors. That means you may experience new symptoms out of the blue or medications that once gave you relief may stop working. 

We’re here to help you navigate through the challenges. Our menopause specialists can help you find the best ways to get relief, regardless of when symptoms appear.


Myth 2: If I don’t want hormone therapy, I just have to suffer through menopause.

That’s not true. There are many ways to effectively manage symptoms that do not involve hormone therapy. 

Some options include acupuncture, herbal remedies, medications and lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise and eating a healthy diet. Our menopause specialists will work with you to form a treatment plan that fits your needs and beliefs — and helps you find relief.


Myth: Menopause means my sex life is over.

Some menopausal people experience changes in their desire for and response to sexual activity. 

But the onset of menopause does not mean that you have to say goodbye to this aspect of your life.

Our menopause specialists can work with you to help you relieve discomfort and maintain the level of intimacy you want.


Learn More

If you’re experiencing menopause symptoms or would like to learn more about options for relief, call MultiCare Tacoma Women’s Specialists at [253-403-5432] or Dr. Catherine Hunter at MultiCare Women’s Health Care in Covington Medical Center at [253-372-7128] to schedule an in-person or virtual video appointment with our menopause experts.


Or find an OB/GYN or midwife near you. 

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