There's a reason that menopause is called the major change of life. The slowed production of a woman's reproductive hormones can physically cause problems like hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood swings. Occurring at the same time as menopause and playing off of dropping hormone levels, women are also experiencing physical changes associated with aging: weight gain, loss of sexual desire, insomnia, and urinary tract changes.
Add all of these physical changes with life changes like children leaving home, aging parents, financial stress, and concerns over one's own health and aging, and it's no wonder why menopause can be a difficult transition for many women!
And, as women manage the difficulties of transitioning, some may be concerned with their mental wellbeing. They may wonder if their unpredictable mood swings indicate depression, or if their forgetfulness indicates mental decline. Women who've struggled with depression in the past may worry they're destined for more of the same through the menopause transition.
While the transition to menopause can be challenging, you can still have excellent mental health and fitness. Here we'll discuss difficulties and solutions to staying mentally fit through the menopause transition.
Harvard Health identifies three challenges to mental wellbeing that some women report experiencing through the menopause transition:
While the challenges of menopause can seem like a lot to deal with, there are many steps women can take to help alleviate the most common psychological complaints of menopause:
At All About Women, our expert team of providers strives to provide the highest level of quality health care for women through every stage of life, including menopause. If you're in Northern Florida's Alachua and Columbia counties, contact us today to start a plan for managing your transition through menopause.