Menopause is such an individual experience. Because of a knee and shoulder injury, I was not exercising during mine . I experienced essentially a big nothing menopause, took no hormones. My sister said the same--no big deal. My close friend, who is thin, healthy, and an avid exerciser, went into a severe depression and could not concentrate. She didn't realize she was menopausal so she sought treatment for depression. When her boss heard she was getting psychiatric help he subjected her to a reign of terror until he tortured her out of her job just short of eligibility for early retirement benefits. Eventually, she went to a women's clinic that specializes in treating menopause and snapped out of all her mental problems upon starting hormone therapy. I have friends, both exercisers and not, who have been on hormones for 15-20 years, because they could not function when their doctor tried to wean them off. In short, I think exercise improves about all bodily functions, but menopause is way more complex and individualistic than this article would indicate and even exercisers can find it so difficult that they are essentially disabled by it while some non-exercisers breeze right through it.
- 9/22/2009 6:03:27 PM