Menopause & Moms

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By: Sharon D. Malone, MD|Last updated: October 21, 2022

Will my menopause be the same as my mom’s? Good question. If your mother also had a difficult time, you probably have a sense of how debilitating and life-altering menopause can be. But does that mean that you will also suffer from terrible hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, and sleeplessness? Not necessarily. 

Not Your Mother’s Menopause

Menopause and the symptoms that accompany it are influenced by many factors, including your personal health, what’s going on at your life at the moment (stress makes everything worse) as well as your genetics. Remember you and your mother only share 50% of those genes. So although certain factors such as the age at which menopause begins may be hereditary, your experience of menopause will be unique.

Another factor to consider is that it is quite likely that your mother was not treated for her symptoms, and for roughly 75% of women today, that is still true. And that is unfortunate. For the majority of healthy women, there is no reason to have your life upended for what can be as long as a decade when safe and effective options such as estrogen therapy are available. What we want you to know is that menopause for all of us with ovaries is inevitable, but suffering is not. 

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