How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

Menopause isn't just night sweats and hot flashes. Going through "the change" can have far-reaching effects on your body and mind. Many women find that menopause is accompanied by anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns

Dr. David Chisolm provides comprehensive treatment and relief from debilitating menopause symptoms at Park Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology PC in Glendale, AZ. He has a full range of options to help you reclaim your mental health and feel more like yourself again.

Why menopause affects mental health

Changing hormone levels are directly tied to mood and brain function. When you enter menopause, your estrogen levels have dropped, and your body struggles to adapt. You might notice a lot of mood changes and mental worries that you never experienced before. If you think your symptoms might be caused by menopause, Dr. Chisolm can consult with you and help you find the right solution.

Symptoms of menopause-related mental health issues

Some common symptoms related to mental health during menopause include:

If you have one or more of these mental health symptoms, there are many ways to treat them, and you don't have to worry - with the right help, you can return to your normal self quickly.

Treatment for mental health issues caused by menopause

Menopause itself isn’t a sickness, but many of the side effects of the changes your body is experiencing can make you feel sick. Dr. Chisolm can create a treatment protocol to make you more comfortable and relieve your mental health symptoms. Options include:

Hormone replacement therapy

Adding a small amount of estrogen back into your system can help restore hormonal balance and relieve many unwelcome physical and mental symptoms.

Vaginal lubricants

Alleviating symptoms that affect sexuality, like vaginal dryness, can improve mental wellbeing. Sex shouldn’t be painful.

Nutritional and lifestyle changes

Avoiding triggers like nicotine and caffeine and getting enough exercise can help maintain mental balance. So can meditation and other forms of self-care.

Prescription medications

If you have depression, anxiety, or insomnia, medicating appropriately can help with all of these issues. Dr. Chisolm can provide information and counseling to help you find the right prescription to help you balance your brain chemistry and sleep peacefully.

If you are ready to get rid of annoying mental health symptoms associated with menopause, contact our office or request an appointment using our online scheduling tool. 

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