The Effects Of Menopause On Your Mental Health

The Effects Of Menopause On Your Mental Health

There’s no clear link between lower levels of estrogen and progesterone in menopausal women and serious mood swings and depression.

However, if you have experienced depression in the past, hormone fluctuations may make you more susceptible to a depressive episode. In addition, certain symptoms associated with menopause may make your life harder. Hair loss and poor skin elasticity may impact your self-esteem, while hot flashes may decrease your ability to sleep and increase the likelihood of being a little bit more anxious the next day.

Our experts at Bethel Family Medicine are aware of the changes women experience during menopause. We want to share with you how you can improve your mental well-being while you experience hormone fluctuations. 

The link between poor sleep and anxiety 

Hot flashes, one of the most common symptoms of menopause, can disturb sleep, which in turn can increase the risk for anxiety and depression. 

A study that looked at how 18 healthy adults react to being sleep-deprived, suggests that the adults after a night of sleep deprivation were more anxious, and when shown distressing images and clips, had stronger emotional responses and took longer to regulate their negative emotions.The good news is that a good night’s sleep reverses the negative effects of sleep deprivation. 

Many women find relief from hot flashes during menopause by taking bioidentical hormones. 

The impact of physical changes on your self-esteem 

Many women may feel disenchanted to see that wrinkles are becoming more visible and skin starts to sag around the cheeks and jawline. These changes can indirectly impact self-esteem and cause certain women to think less of themselves. If these physical changes cause you distress, our experts may be able to help by recommending injectables that relax wrinkles and add volume to your face.

Managing menopause symptoms 

Women who smoke, are overweight, or are stressed are more likely to experience more severe menopause symptoms. Quitting cigarettes, exercising, and practicing stress management techniques may be able to reduce your symptoms. A healthy diet rich in vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats may also be of help.

Another course of action you can take to manage your symptoms is hormone replacement therapy. HRT is successfully used for the management of most menopausal symptoms, including low libido, weight gain, hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment to find out if you are a good candidate for HRT.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Ways (and Why) to Eat More Fiber

Are you constantly bloated and constipated? If so, it could be that your diet is lacking in sufficient fiber intake. Find out how fiber can improve your digestive health and keep you satiated for longer.

Best Foods to Control Blood Pressure

Were you recently diagnosed with hypertension and don’t know what to do next? Learn more about the role of diet in controlling your blood pressure, and start making better choices for your health.

Everything You Never Knew About Botox

You may have heard about Botox in the context of erasing wrinkles, but it has far more uses than you may think. Stick with us to learn more about one of the most popular injectables in the world.

What to Do When It's the Flu

Your muscles ache. Your nose is running. You suddenly feel very tired and feverish. Sounds like you’re coming down with the flu. Read on to learn what you can do to care for yourself when you’re sick.