menopause, benefits, women's health, genecology, northwest ArkansasWhen you think of menopause, what comes to mind? Hot flashes. Mood swings. Weight gain. Low libido. Pain with sex. Have you considered that there might be some exciting novel changes to come? Maybe even some overlooked benefits of menopause to consider? Keep reading. 

What Is Menopause?

Menopause is the physical change a women’s body goes through at the end of her reproductive years. It generally begins when a woman is in her 40s or 50s, and each woman experiences menopause differently. Once you enter menopause, you’re no longer able to get pregnant.

It is a commonly held belief that menopause happens when life is reaching its end. The average life expectancy for a woman in the United States is about 79 years, so that means you still have about half your life ahead of you—possibly much more. 

The Freedoms Of Menopause

It’s no secret that menopause can bring along a host of unpleasant symptoms, so what is there to get excited about?

No More Menstrual Periods

Menstrual cycles begin during puberty, which happens to women at different ages. On average, that’s about 500 periods throughout your lifetime.

When you enter menopause, your ovaries stop releasing eggs. This stops your menstrual cycle and your monthly period. There’s no need to buy tampons or pads anymore, and there’s no longer a risk of bleeding or spotting unexpectedly. A cause for celebration all by itself!

No More Risk Of Getting Pregnant

For many women, this is a big deal. Some women find that because they no longer have to worry about the unanticipated outcome of sex, they can enjoy it more once they reach menopause.

No More PMS

Menstruation triggers hormonal changes in your body, causing a range of painful symptoms for many women. When your periods stop, so do the hormonal fluctuations. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects nearly 90% of women, and symptoms include bloating, moodiness, and headaches. We can say goodbye to PMS without a funeral.

A Fresh Outlook On Life

It’s not uncommon to experience a renewed vigor for life in your postmenopausal years. Margaret Mead, an anthropologist in the 1950s, referred to the phenomenon as ‘postmenopausal zest’.

Your menstrual cycle is emotionally and physically taxing. Being free from the pressure of the reproductive years gives many women a newfound sense of empowerment and self-esteem.

This makes menopause a natural time for women to take stock of their lives. Many decide to take a fresh look at their relationships, professions, caring for their health, and how they want to expend their energy. It’s important to take advantage of this wake-up call. Ask yourself if you’re headed in the direction you want to go, both professionally and personally, and whether the way you’re spending your time is meaningful to you.

A Time to Take Risks

After menopause, women are more likely to go after what they want with greater confidence that they can handle whatever comes their way.

Stop holding back because the party starts now. Some women switch careers, perhaps turning a hobby into a business. If there’s something you’ve been putting on hold, there’s no time like the present to taste what life offers.

Overlooked Benefits of Menopause

What other benefits of menopause have you experienced? We’d love to hear from you if you have victories to share.

Are you in Northwest Arkansas and looking for excellent women’s healthcare? Contact the amazing staff at Creekside Center for Women today. 479.5829268