Menopause is a challenging transition in a woman’s life for several reasons. As the body transitions into menopause it produces dramatically less oestrogen, as well as less testosterone and progesterone. These hormonal changes can effect the heart, skin, and brain as well as mood.
The period leading up to menopause, called peri-menopause, can also cause signifiant fluctuations in mood as well as severe anxiety in some women. The peri-menopause period is anywhere from 5yrs-10yrs before the last period cycle a woman experiences.
As oestrogen levels decline, women can experience:
–Physical symptoms: Fatigue, night sweats, hot-flashes, memory loss, bodily tension, insomnia);
–Mood changes: Irritability, sadness, poor motivation, aggression, difficulty focusing or concentrating and stress.
–Relapses to existing mental health issues such as depression or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
Notably, depression or anxiety can be an effect of some of the physical symptoms, particularly loss of sleep. It is also important to note that the part of life most affected by menopause can also involve many signifiant changes in your personal life. Social changes are most common and include: Adult children leaving or returning home, financial or career changes, development of health issues, and personal relationships beginning or terminating.
Taken together, menopause is a complex and difficult life-transition and can be very overwhelming for many. If you find that you are having difficulty with stress, anxiety, mood changes, or changes at home, speak with your General Practitioner (GP), family or get in touch with us today. We are here to help you balance your menopause in Melbourne.
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