Friday, August 16, 2019

The Myths Of Menopause

     Today on the blog I have my guest Dr. Sarah de la Torre, an OB/GYN in Seattle, WA. She's sharing her tips on how to cope with the symptoms of menopause and issues related to women's intimate health. Please welcome her to the blog with lots of comment love! 

MENOPAUSE MYTHS: Ob/Gyn Tips to Live Your Best Life at Every Age

Menopause has historically been one of those hush-hush topics often only discussed over a glass of wine with girlfriends. However, with 38 million women at or reaching menopause, that hardly seems fair. Why should such a huge proportion of our population have to feel ashamed about something as natural as menopause?

When you know what your symptoms are and how to deal with them, it becomes easier to see menopause for what it really is — an exciting time of personal growth, unparalleled freedom, and sky-high confidence. 

Dr. Sarah de la Torre, an OB/GYN in Seattle, WA dispels the most common menopause misunderstandings:

MYTH: It’s Going to Be Miserable + There’s Nothing You Can Do About It
Lifestyle changes are vital with eating a healthy diet, getting exercise, managing stress well and staying sexually active. Avoiding hot environments, beverages and spicy food can also help alleviate some of the common symptoms of hot flashes. For some women, alternative medicine such as plant estrogens, yoga, and hypnotherapy have been incredibly helpful in alleviating the symptoms of menopause. 

MYTH: It Only Happens to Women 50 +
The average age of menopause is 52 but many women begin to experience perimenopause 5-15 years leading up to the onset of actual menopause. This transition time between premenopause and menopause is when the symptoms can show up.  Once in menopause (after not having a period for one year), many women’s symptoms go away. 

MYTH: You No Longer Feel Sexy (or Want Sex)
When most people hear the word 'menopause', they think of that dreaded time in a woman's life where she goes from young and vivacious to old overnight. But that's just plain inaccurate. “Many women report feeling more vibrant than ever before during their menopausal years,” says Dr. de la Torre. After years of insecurity and self-consciousness, many menopausal women note that they finally begin to care less about what others think and most importantly, they start to put their own health and wellbeing in the spotlight. Dr. de la Torre recommends vFit, an at-home intimate wellness solution, to her patients to help improve sexual function, sensation, pleasure, intimacy, and confidence. 

About Dr. de la Torre: Sarah de la Torre received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington. She has worked in a private practice since 2003 and is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of OB-GYN at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. de la Torre became Board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2005.

About vFit: vFit is a quick, comfortable, no downtime solution for a woman’s most intimate wellness – and addresses them in the privacy of home. Designed with postpartum, perimenopausal and postmenopausal women in mind, vFit is the world's first non-invasive, hormone-free intimate wellness solution incorporating a patented combination of red light (LED), gentle heat, and sonic technology for improved wellness and confidence. 

CONTACT: KELZ PR – - to be connected with Dr. de la Torre for more tips on how to cope with menopause and interviews on women’s intimate health.
Sarah de la Torre, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., N.A.M.S. 


  1. My mom finished menopause at the age of 39. Doctors predicted she would age early and die young. She was vibrant and full of live for years to come - dying at age 101. I finished menopause at 57. I hope I take after her. Meanwhile, just a note about sexual desire. Menopause did not diminish mine. Thanks for the informative post.

    1. That's awesome news abut your mom! I hope I live that long!!

  2. We may as well call it 'Mythopause'. Yep. I've been 'advised' with all of the above. And you're so right. None apply!

  3. Interesting product. Is it a vibrator for meno mamma's? :P This is inspiring for us as it is true, that there are too many negatives surrounding this period of life. I, for one, have been thrilled to not worry about periods anymore. Good riddance.

    1. I feel the same way. I believe the product would be great for any age, lol!!

  4. I have struggled through menopause for the last two years after my hysterectomy. I no longer want sex at all and I hate that because I truly love my husband...I just don't want him to touch me. (Rena)

    1. Yes, I have heard many other women tell me the same thing after their hysterectomies.

  5. HUGE MYTH==>It’s Going to Be Miserable + There’s Nothing You Can Do About It. At 52 I can tell you this is NOT true. It's not miserable at all ( at least not for me...YET!)...and there is lots you can do. Take better care of yourself than you ever did in your life...get stress under control and KEEP it that healthy, nutritious whole foods, and GET PLENTY REST! You can flourish at 50 and beyond...for me its like a WHOLE NEW BEGINNING!



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