Many of us have been trained to believe that menopause signifies the end of our lives as we know it. We're all very aware of the unappealing symptoms that precede it. Hot flashes, thinning hair, brittle bones...
But it's not all bad. Women actually have some great experiences to look forward to during this time. Here are 8 surprising things to look forward to during your menopause.
1. No more periods
This is, undoubtedly, the most popular advantage of menopause. During perimenopause, women's periods get heavier or lighter before stopping altogether.
This means no more period cramps, no more mood swings, no more period acne and definitely no chances of stains in unfortunate places. Imagine living your life free of the impending "x" on your menstrual calendar. If you've ever wanted to wear white pants all year round, now is the perfect time!
2. Hormonal Headaches are a thing of the past
During ovulation and menstruation, many women experience what is known as a hormonal headache, which is an intense migraine coinciding with her cycle. Some women's hormonal headaches can be so intense, they may cause nausea, vomiting or even fainting.
If you've experienced hormonal headaches in the past, menopause should be a period to look forward to. While the headaches may worsen during the short period of perimenopause, they decline once a women's estrogen and progesterone levels fall.
3. A natural way to do away with Uterine Fibroids
Women develop fibroids when their estrogen levels are abnormally high. They are extremely common, with some women even developing them in their late teens or early twenties.
Fibroids cause painful symptoms like physical pain and heavy periods, and may even affect a woman's ability to conceive. In serious cases, doctors recommend surgery to prevent lasting pain and damage to a woman's body.
One advantage of menopause is that the lack of estrogen causes fibroids to shrink or become benign. Women who opt out of hormone replacement therapy find they rarely need to have surgery to remove fibroids that have plagued them for years.