Ask Rebecca Q&As

What are the most common signs of menopause?
Menopausal symptoms vary greatly among women, but hot flashes, night sweats and sleep disruption are the most common. Other symptoms include mood swings, irregular periods, vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse. To find out if you might be experiencing menopause symptoms, try the Novasoy Symptom Checker.

What is the purpose of menopause in a woman’s body?

I’m sure many women struggle with the meaning of what sometimes feels like “torture” during menopause. To understand its purpose, we must first understand the purpose of the ovaries. The ovaries’ main function is to provide the hormones estrogen and progesterone to induce ovulation and, thus, provide a healthy environment for pregnancy. By midlife, just about all of a woman’s reproductive eggs are used up and we no longer need the high levels of hormones our body has been producing. Menopause is designed to slow down the process of hormone production, just like puberty is designed to start the process of hormone production.

I believe that I am going through menopause right now... how long does it last?
The transition through menopause is different for every woman, but the average is about two years. However, perimenopause – which can begin in the early 40s – can last for two to 10 years. It seems like a long time, but give some symptom relief options like Novasoy a try to help pass the time!

Will I ever get my energy back? I feel so drained all the time!
This is a very important question for many women. Fatigue and decrease in energy is generally related to a drop in the hormone progesterone during perimenopause. Feeling drained can also be your body’s reaction to all of the changes menopause requires from the body. Remember, the menopause transition is not just a physical response; it affects us emotionally and psychologically, too. The good news is YES, you will get your energy back along with your enthusiasm for all the things you once loved to do, and maybe even a few new things!

Is it okay to take menopause supplements during perimenopause? Will taking them too early mean that they will be less effective once my body is actually in menopause?
It depends on what kind of supplements you are considering. If you are having hot flashes and you are considering soy based supplements, taking them in perimenopause may actually have a positive effect and reduce the frequency of hot flashes in menopause. There is no evidence to suggest that taking them in perimenopause will cause less effectiveness in menopause. 

Now that I’ve begun menopause, do I still need to be concerned about birth control?
Until you have completed menopause it is recommended that you continue the use of any birth control method you have been using. Although the probability is low that a pregnancy will occur once menopause begins, there is always the “possibility” for a midlife surprise. I always advise to continue the use of birth control until the menopause transition has been completed.

Why is all the weight I’m gaining during menopause around my stomach and thighs?
The body thinks it is doing a very good thing for you. The adrenal glands, which are located at your waist level close to your back, can release an enzyme to convert the fat around your middle into estrogen. The down side to having too much fat in your abdominal area is that it puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

I have been so forgetful recently! Is memory loss associated with menopause?
Forgetting where you put your car keys, sunglasses and even your best friend’s name is a common complaint of women entering menopause. Fluctuating ovarian hormones are the cause of forgetfulness. But don’t despair – it will get better when the menopause transition is completed.

I’ve heard that menopause symptoms are hereditary and that mine will be similar to the ones my mother experienced. Is that true?
Not necessarily. With generational changes in eating and exercise habits, many women today find that they have a much easier time transitioning through menopause. There is also more education about menopause available which helps prepare women about what to expect when the menopause transition comes.  In addition, there are many more choices today on how to manage the symptoms, which your mother likely didn’t have.

Can menopause lead to depression?
Although there is no clinical evidence that menopause leads to depression, many women find that during the menopause transition (when their hormones are on a roller coaster), they can easily fall into the “blues.” This is usually a temporary situation. Don’t forget: Menopause is not just a physical change – it is a major life transition, and both the mind and body have adjustments to make.

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