How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

Menopause couldn’t happen at a more inconvenient time. Your life may be rapidly changing – your kids are leaving home, your parents are aging and need more help, your job is changing, and you feel your body getting older. The hormonal shifts in estrogen and progesterone that occur with menopause only further contribute to physical and mental stress you’re already feeling.

The symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances – not to mention vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence – can seriously affect your quality of life. As your hormones shift, you’re more vulnerable to developing symptoms of depression and anxiety, too. It’s a perfect storm of menopause and stress, and it may negatively affect your mental health.

Experiencing mental health changes as you move through menopause is completely normal and even expected, and Brown, Pearson, and Guepet Gynecology is available to help. We offer strategies and treatments to help you through any mental health issues you may be experiencing.

Depression and menopause

Having a bad day or feeling a little sad once in a while is completely normal, but when these feelings are persistent and life-altering, it could be a sign of depression. Other indications of depression include:

The decline in hormones that occurs with menopause can initiate these symptoms or exacerbate them if you already have depressive tendencies, causing serious emotional distress. And you may be more likely to develop depression during menopause if you suffered from postpartum depression, severe PMS, or clinical depression at other times in your life.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms regularly, talk to the staff at our office. We are ready to help you with talk therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle shifts

Sometimes simply getting a new perspective and changing your outlook helps you move through the mental health issues of menopause. Simple and effective changes to your lifestyle can help. Exercise, eating a balanced diet, keeping alcohol intake to a minimum, making sleep a priority, and seeking camaraderie from family and friends are key to keeping your spirits up and combatting depressive tendencies.

Hormone therapy helps

Lifestyle changes aren’t always the solution, however. Sometimes, you need a real shift in your hormones to overcome serious depressive tendencies. At Brown, Pearson, and Guepet Gynecology, we offer hormone replacement therapy to help re-level your progesterone and estrogen levels, which can effectively improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in menopausal women.

Hormone therapy is offered orally or as compounded, all-natural pellets inserted just under your skin. You get a regular infusion of the hormones at consistent levels that address mood changes, depression, and other menopausal symptoms. Most women feel better within 2-4 weeks.

If menopause is causing mood changes and low feelings that you just can’t shake, contact the office of Brown, Pearson, and Guepet Gynecology at 251-239-9285 for help. Our compassionate, experienced team is available to help you overcome emotional and physical symptoms of menopause to restore your quality of health and life. 

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