If a woman has gone for 12 consecutive months without having a period, she’s officially reached menopause. For some women, menopause signifies an end to their childbearing years and the realization that they are getting older. For others, menopause means they no longer have to deal with the discomfort and inconvenience of a monthly period. It brings an end to the worry about unwanted pregnancy, and it’s a new age of freedom. Due to all the GMO’s and chemicals in our diets these days menopause can start as early as 35 up to past 51.
Most women will experience depression during menopause- Myth! Women are already twice as likely as men to experience depression, and a few studies have suggested a possible link between hormone changes and major depressive episodes. But other research shows no link at all. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, menopause in and of itself does not cause depression. Hormone changes may be responsible for some symptoms, including mood swings, but those are different from true psychological distress. So be sure to listen to your body and try a natural solution such as essential oils first.
Perhaps the biggest myth about menopause is that it is a time when you slow down and watch your health start to go downhill. The truth is that women are living healthier, more active lives than ever before and often use this time to further develop their careers, travel, volunteer, and spend more time with loved ones. Women who take good care of their bodies and minds can continue to enjoy life long after menopause. This is usually where we as women find our voices and follow our passions in life, love and spiritual callings. Embrace the new!