Menopause, a normal transition in all women's lives, leads to a lot of changes, both physical and emotional. While each person's menopause is different, menopause usually begins between the ages of 45-55, and marks the end of your reproductive fertility.
Hormonal shifts during menopause can leave your body feeling different than it used to, and changes in your stage of life may have you feeling isolated or even depressed. At Women's Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG offers a variety of treatment options for patients going through menopause, including hormone therapy. With the right treatment, you can get back to feeling like yourself, even as you move confidently forward into this new stage of your life.
In this article, we’re taking a look at how menopause affects your mental health. If you feel you need assistance with managing your symptoms, we encourage you to seek treatment.
Your hormones play a big part in your overall mood and mental health. Fluctuations in your hormones during menopause can disrupt your mental and emotional health. Beginning in the time of your life known as perimenopause, the interval of about 5-10 years before your menstrual periods fully cease, your levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone naturally decline. Estrogen depletion can cause physical symptoms like fatigue and hot flashes, as well as mood changes and relapses into any previous mental health problems you may have dealt with in the past.
If you used to experience severe PMS, have a history of postpartum depression, or a mental health history including depression or bipolar disorder, you might have extreme or even debilitating mood swings during menopause. Hormone therapy can help regulate your mood, restoring you to an even keel and saving you from emotional stress.
Worried about aging?
In addition to the physical changes in your body, menopause marks a transitional period in your life. That can lead to some complicated feelings! During menopause, you may be dealing with stressors from your career, your family, or your personal life. Many women need some additional mental health support to deal with the end of the youthful period of their lives and move on into aging with peace.
Depression is common among women during menopause, although clinical trials have not found any biochemical link between the two conditions. Some of the physical impacts of menopause, like sleeplessness, can also lead to reduced quality of life, causing a drop in your mental health as a secondary effect. Medication and counseling are both helpful for patients dealing with depression.
When to seek help
If you're struggling with uncomfortable mood swings, general low mood, depression, or an increase in other mental health issues, then it’s time to reach out for help. Women's Pavilion of the Palm Beaches can help you find the right treatments to protect your mental health during your menopause. To schedule an appointment, call our Greenacres, Florida office, or use the online booking tool.