As young women, we are advised by family and girlfriends about women’s health risk and what to do or not do. For example, you were told that wearing a proper supportive bra helps your bust line to remain looking full, young, and healthy. You know that washing your hair every day does more harm than good and leads to dry scalp or split ends. While some health tips are good advice, not all warnings are true. Some health cautions are nothing more than wise tales. Here are five myths about women’s heath disapproved.
1. The pill can reduce fertility
It is rumored that women taking the pill are more likely to be less fertile or infertile. Fortunately this is a myth. The hormones in the pill ensure only temporarily that no pregnancy can be achieved. When you stop taking the pill, the hormone levels in your body gradually decrease and your fertility is restored within weeks or months. Other factors may be affecting your fertility, such as being over- or underweight, your lifestyle and the use of certain medications.
2. Breastfeeding equals flabby sagging breasts
Do you want to breastfeed, but you are afraid of the sagging breasts that may result out of it? We can reassure you. Breastfeeding does not necessarily mean sagging or drooping breasts. It is true that your breasts change in size by swelling and shrinking of the mammary glands during pregnancy. This allows the skin to stretch and your breasts may look different than before. Breastfeeding or not has no influence on this. You can protect your breasts as much as possible, by applying a firming cream regularly. Also provide a good, supportive bra.
3. Chocolate, cheese and red wine cause migraines
Until recently, migraine patients were advised to avoid chocolate, red wine and cheese. They were told these foods caused severe headaches. Recent research has proven other wise, doctors no longer advise against these foods. According to the latest surveys, some people crave sweets, a piece of brie or alcohol prior to a migraine attack. It is not proven that these foods also trigger an attack. On to the candy shop, cheese shop and liquor store!
4. Menopause starts after 50
“Menopause only starts after you turn 50!” No, it does not. The age at which menopause begins, varies per person. Some women get the first menopausal symptoms as early as in their thirties. The opposite is also true: some women have no problems up until their sixtieth. The number fifty is an average. Around this age most women are affected by menopause. Usually it starts very gradually, with symptoms such as irregular periods, night sweats, hot flashes and sleep problems. Fortunately, you can ease this inconvenience through a modified lifestyle, (homeopathic) medication or hormone therapy.
5. Incontinence is for old people
When you hear the word incontinence, do you think of an elderly woman wearing a diaper sitting in her wheelchair all day long? Think again! Incontinence occurs at all ages (and in many gradations). This condition is usually caused by weak pelvic floor and sphincter muscles. This may be the result of old age, but also for example of a pregnancy or a prolapse. Incontinence can be improved or cured in many cases by means of pelvic floor exercises. Sometimes medication can also help. Consult a doctor for more information.
Womens bodies have adapted by design to overcome most of lifes changes. Myths related women’s health and the changes our bodies go through are usually caused by lack of education and speaking with a doctor about your concerns. Remeber doctors have seen and heard most everything and no question is to small to ask!