Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, Moods is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about menopause emotional and psychological symptoms.

Menopause and Depression

Is there an association between menopause and depression?

In Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause – Q. My family tells me that I’ve become moody, and I admit that I sometimes feel blue or short-tempered. Menopause? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

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“A. Most women make the transition into menopause without experiencing depression, but many women report symptoms of moodiness, depressed mood, anxiety, stress, and a decreased sense of well-being during perimenopause”.

Menopause Emotional Symptoms

What are some emotional symptoms of menopause?

In Symptoms of Menopause: What Are the Symptoms of Menopause? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, Moods“Emotional Symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling you are not able to cope as well as you used to
  • Forgetfulness
  • Increasing PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Less interest in sex
  • Lowered mood
  • Mood swings”.

Look for A Pattern

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, MoodsHow may I Look for A Pattern with psychological symptoms of menopause?

On page two in Mental & Emotional Health: What Can You Do To Help Your Mental & Emotional Health the JH explain:

  • “Keep a diary to help clarify:
    • Your symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress
    • The things that trigger feelings of distress
    • What creates positive or negative thoughts for you”.

Self-Management Techniques

Apart from keeping a diary, what are some self-management techniques for psychological symptoms of menopause?

On page two in Mental & Emotional Health: What Can You Do To Help Your Mental & Emotional Health the JH elaborate on what else you can do to manage your mental and emotional health.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy

May menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) be beneficial in improving mood?

One of the points of consensus in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefit/Risk Profile of MHT – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, is:

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, Moods

  • “MHT may be beneficial in improving mood in early postmenopausal women with depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. MHT may also be beneficial for perimenopausal women with major depression but antidepressant therapy remains first-line treatment in this setting”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, MoodsIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the NAMS explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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Menopause FAQs: Postmenopause includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hot flushes/flashes, painful sex, osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke.

Postmenopause

What is postmenopause?Menopause FAQs: Postmenopause

In About Menopause: The Stages of Menopause – Postmenopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“Postmenopause is the time after menopause. A woman can experience menopausal symptoms in postmenopause. How long this continues varies for each woman”.

Hot Flushes

Postmenopause, do hot flushes/flashes simply stop or not?

In Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes – Q. How long will I have hot flashes? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) note:

“A. Most women experience hot flashes for 6 months to 2 years, although some reports suggest that they last considerably longer—as long as 10 years, depending on when they began. For a small proportion of women, they may never go away. It is not uncommon for women to experience a recurrence of hot flashes more than 10 years after menopause, even into their 70s or beyond. There is no reliable way of predicting when they will start—or stop”.

Painful Sex

Postmenopause, does painful sex, simply stop or not?

In Women’s Wellness: Painful Sex After Menopause – DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my late 50s and have recently found that sex is becoming quite uncomfortable. I am assuming this is because I’m past menopause, but what’s the best way to make sex less painful? the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

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“ANSWER: Dyspareunia, the term for painful vaginal sex, is quite common. Estimates vary, but surveys of postmenopausal women not on hormone therapy report dyspareunia in as many as 20 to 30 percent. It’s often divided into three categories: superficial pain, deep pain or both. Most women complain of superficial pain, which occurs upon vaginal penetration. Often, the pain has a sharp or burning quality. Deep pain occurs with deep penetration or thrusting. For some women, dyspareunia is temporary. For others, it can become chronic”.

Osteoporosis

Postmenopause, do women have to start worrying about osteoporosis?

Yes. In Osteoporosis the Australian Menopause Society explain:

“Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by weakened bones that fracture easily. After menopause many women are at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Peak bone mass is usually reached during a woman’s 20s to 30s when the skeleton has stopped growing and bones are at their strongest.

The female sex hormone oestrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone strength. After menopause oestrogen levels drop and this may result in increased bone loss. The average woman loses up to 10 per cent of her bone mass in the first five years after menopause”.

Heart Disease

Postmenopause, do women have to start worrying about heart disease?

Yes. In Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. Do I have to start worrying about heart disease? the NAMS note:

“A. You do. Although many women think of heart disease as a man’s disease, the number one killer of women in North America is cardiovascular disease, that is, diseases of the heart and circulatory system. After age 55, more than half of all the deaths in women are caused by cardiovascular disease. Risk for this disease increases after menopause. Be sure to talk to your healthcare team about what your risks are and how you can reduce them”.

Go Red for Women

What does it mean to Go Red for Women?

In What Does It Mean To Go Red for Women? the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women elaborate on:

“1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. So we encourage you to join the movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

G: GET YOUR NUMBERS…
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE…
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK…
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY…
D: DON’T BE SILENT…”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: PostmenopauseIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you can find Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause where the NAMS explain:

“You’ve gone more than a year without a period and are considered to be postmenopausal. In these years, women may begin to feel the effects of normal aging but also still may be affected by the hormone changes that came with menopause. Our experts answer your questions and will help you to figure out whether the physical changes you are experiencing are normal and suggest coping strategies”.

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