How Menopause Affects Mental Health

One day, I was an energetic leader with confidence. The next, I was my mother; I had no filter, couldn’t figure out how to use the remote control, and couldn’t remember why I walked into a room to save my life. 

Menopause has not been an easy transition for me. It’s not for many women, no matter how optimistic or zen they think they are.

In menopause your ovaries stop producing most of it’s Estrogen. Without Estrogen your mind and body are not firing on all cylinders. This can lead to a host of health problems.

In addition to regulating the menstrual cycle, estrogen affects the reproductive tract, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain.

HopkinsMedicine.org

Menopause is linked to:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Sadness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Cognitive issues: perception, thoughts, problem solving, decision making and comprehension

Experts say women who have struggled with depression or anxiety in the past might experience a resurgence in symptoms.

If you’re diagnosed with bipolar or schizophrenia your symptoms may worsen at certain times in menopause.

What can I do?

Not all women are affected by mental health issues, so don’t assume this will be your experience. With that said, the experts say to speak to your doctor about your symptoms.

Consider talking with a therapist and or a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist can prescribe certain medications.

Consider acupuncture and herbs.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is an option for many women. HRTs are not recommended for cancer survivors.

Regular exercise can have a profound impact on how you feel. Physical movement increases your happiness endorphins, and it reduces stress.

Whatever you do, don’t suffer alone. I have a Facebook group. Feel free to join Menopause Brain.

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