How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

As women navigate periods of hormonal and emotional transition, they’re given leeway and understanding when their mood or emotional state is affected. Puberty and pregnancy -- becoming a woman and becoming a mother -- are both times of great change in your body and life.

It’s generally expected that there will be an impact on your feelings, mood, and behavior at these times, where your body is flooded with hormones and is undergoing big changes. But there’s another time of change where women are affected in major ways -- menopause.

The late-in-life change

Menopause isn’t called “the change of life” for nothing. There can be many positives about this time. You may feel liberated from your menstrual cycle or worrying about contraception and managing your fertility. But there are big changes going on in your body, and they can affect your mental health just as much as your physical health. 

Sadly, women are sometimes given far less understanding or support during this time, and menopause is a change that is expected to happen quietly and without complaint. This can make it difficult to cope with and lead to anxiety and depression for some women.

It’s OK to be not OK

Approaching middle age brings with it many changes and worries. Concerns about getting older, about approaching the later years of your life, and the illness or loss of older family members often occurs at this time. On top of that, grown children leaving the nest, causing emotional upheaval. 

There are also changes going on in your body that can affect your emotional state. The huge drop in estrogen, one of the female hormones, can lead to a decline in serotonin, the happy hormone.

Along with a decline in serotonin, there are many potential physical effects of menopause that can contribute to a loss of sense of identity and womanhood, and cause low self-esteem. These include:

If you’re struggling with any of the effects of menopause, you do not need to just cope or suffer in silence. Dr. Mark Schucmacher has helped many women in and around Reno, Nevada, take control of their menopausal symptoms, and improve their mood in the process.

We have treatments that can help

Dr. Schumacher takes a full history from you, exploring all your physical symptoms and how menopause is affecting your life overall. As well as talking at length with you about how you’re feeling emotionally, he does a physical exam.

It may be possible to manage multiple symptoms at the same time, including depression and anxiety, by balancing your hormones with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Dr. Schumacher offers different types of HRT. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may choose synthetic hormones or bioidentical hormones to restore balance and reduce your menopausal symptoms.

If the source of your discomfort is related to vaginal dryness and atrophy, prolapse, or incontinence (all related to a loss of tone and health in the vaginal tissues) there’s another treatment Dr. Schumacher offers that can help. MonaLisa TouchⓇ is a nonhormonal, noninvasive vaginal treatment. Through 3 5-minute treatments with fractionated laser technology, MonaLisa Touch restores tone and natural lubrication to your vaginal tissues.

No matter the source of your discomfort or discontent as a result of menopause, Dr. Schumacher can provide support and relief. To find out how he can help you feel better both physically and emotionally, contact our office to make an appointment for a consultation.

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