In all honesty, the menopause transition can feel like a roller coaster of hell for many women. My journey through menopause has been wrought with a good amount of confusion and a return to that feeling of being my 12-year-old self, half excited and half full of dread of what’s to come.
Menopause certainly gets a bad rap, so I wondered if there was some good to come out of this time of a woman’s life. Can there be a hidden “gift” of menopause, as my recent podcast guest, Jeanne Andrus talked to me about?
The Hidden Gifts of Menopause
No More Periods: As a reminder, you are officially in menopause when you have not had your period in a year. Therefore, menopause marks the end of monthly periods, which can be a relief for many women who no longer have to deal with the inconvenience, discomfort, and associated expenses of menstruation.
Freedom from Birth Control: With menopause, the need for birth control methods diminishes or disappears, which can provide a sense of freedom from contraceptive concerns
Reduced Risk of Certain Health Issues: While menopause might mean an increase in risk of some health issues, such as heart disease and osteoperosis, menopause can also mean a decrease in the risk of certain reproductive health issues, such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis, which tend to decrease. Additionally, the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers also decreases.