How to Manage Mental Health in Menopause
When you’re going through menopause, emotional stability can feel like a symptom all of its own. With mood swings affecting how you feel, hot flushes getting in the way of you living your life, and difficulty sleeping leaving you tired and cranky all of the time, your emotions can be catapulted all over the place.
Add to that feeling too embarrassed to tell anyone about your menopause symptoms, and you can be left feeling pretty isolated too.
But when you’ve struggled with your mental health in the past, a change in your hormone levels during menopause can affect your emotions even more powerfully.
How Does Menopause Affect Mental Health? The Science
In some women, oestrogen can play a role in regulating their mental health, so the drop in oestrogen that triggers menopause can lead to an emotional imbalance.
Women are at increased risk of depression as they approach menopause, which can be linked to this change in hormonal balance - knowing that this can be the case could help women to seek out solutions to manage their symptoms and try to rebalance their hormones from as early as their 40s onwards.
During menopause, some women mourn the end of their natural fertility; some find that low sex drive (a common menopause symptom) impacts their relationship; some feel limited in how they can go about their everyday lives due to hot flushes leaving them drenched in sweat with little warning.
Women can experience anxiety and even heart palpitations during hot flushes and night sweats too, which can make the episode worse, while seriously knocking their confidence.
Feeling unable to open up to loved ones about what they’re going through can make women feel isolated and alone - even though this couldn’t be further from the truth - which can impact mental health further.
However, sometimes, it will simply be a hormonal imbalance that affects a woman’s mental health during menopause - it won’t always be possible to pinpoint it to a specific symptom.
Signs of depression can be very similar to menopause symptoms in some cases, with irritability, low mood, concentration or memory problems, lack of energy, metabolism changes and difficulty sleeping potential signs of both.
If you’re unsure what’s happening to your body or mind, speak to your GP who will be able to provide you with a diagnosis.
Managing Mental Health and the Menopause
If you’re already taking medication to help regulate a mental health issue, you should always seek advice from your GP before trying any other kind of menopause treatment.
But if your mental health has suffered as a direct result of menopause, you may need to find a way to rebalance the hormones in your body to regulate your mood - something menopause supplements can help with.
At Menopause Supplements, you’ll find a fantastic range of natural supplements from leading brands including Femarelle®, which contain plant-based ingredients designed to mimic the effects of oestrogen in the body, such as the soy derivative DT56a (currently only found in Femarelle®) and isoflavones.
By taking on some of oestrogen’s role in the body, these natural menopause supplements can help to maintain normal hormonal activity, allowing you to feel more like your old self.
If you’re still struggling with the way you’re feeling, contact your GP for further advice. You can also access mental health support from Mind and other mental health organisations.