Outdated Women's Health Myths to Stop Believing Right Now
New research has shattered some of our most closely held beliefs.
The Myth: If you've got hot flashes, you've got menopause
Hot flashes, as you've no doubt heard, plague 85 percent of women going through menopause
. But these sudden drench-your-blouse sessions can also be triggered by anxiety
. Other, less common causes include hormone imbalances, thyroid disorders and infections
. So if you're under 40 (less than 1 percent of women hit menopause before this age
) and are experiencing symptoms of menopause but don't have any reason to think you're going through "the change," it may be due to something else. Either way, talk to your doctor to figure out what's going on.