Psychological Changes on Women During Menopause
Most women may already be very familiar with the physical side effects of menopause while remaining completely unaware that this is only half of the story. The psychological effects are just as numerous and profound as the physical affects, yet few people seem prepared for that aspect and wonder why they are suddenly filled with mindless rage when the windshield wiper breaks. Here are some of the most common psychological menopause symptoms you may see:
- Dramatic mood swings
- Mental fog
- Emotional insecurity
Since some of these symptoms mimic, to some degree, the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy, PMS and severe stress, many women are completely unaware that they are entering menopause and instead chalk these symptoms up to the day. Unfortunately, sometimes these can get severe that it can cause problems in relationships and even in business. Thankfully, education can bring these menopause symptoms to the attention of the public so that steps can be made to minimize the uncomfortable and often unexpected mental distress that accompanies this already trying time.
One of the most effective ways to both prevent and treat menopausal symptoms – even those of the mind – is to use hormone replacement therapy in some form. This can actually involve several options, and not just synthetic hormones that have been the cause of concern.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses a scientifically and personally matched hormone replacement that is derived from a wild yam and soy. Synthetic hormones use mare’s urine, and are still in use, although it can pose greater risks for women predisposed to certain types of cancer. Over the counter hormone replacement will either treat the menopause symptoms themselves or use a botanical component as a hormone.
Before starting any type of hormone replacement therapy, it is important to get a complete blood panel and have your hormone levels checked very carefully. Not only do you need to make sure you are in menopause, but you need to make sure you don’t have any of the other commonly associated issues, such as high cholesterol, increased cardiovascular dysfunction or a severe hormone imbalance.
Remember, counseling can help you to work your way through this difficult time, and it can also be very beneficial to sit down with your family or friends and discuss these potential side effects so they understand what is happening. Education can help you recognize the symptoms of menopause so that you can effectively treat them.