Hot Flashes & Blue Moods?

Sadness, caused by hormonal dips, is one of the most common emotional symptoms of peri- through postmenopause. Confronting the aging process, wrinkles and all, doesn’t help.

“When estrogen levels become imbalanced, so can your mood. New feelings of irritability, aggression, anxiety and especially sadness, can make it hard to cope. It doesn’t help that the kids are growing and leaving home. Women are left mourning their youth and trying to find a new sense of purpose amongst all the change,” said Amanda Stuelpnagel, MD, CHI Health Ob-Gyn.

Hormonal therapy, replacement estrogen/progesterone/progestin in cream, patch or pill form, can be an effective treatment. “Menopause is natural, but it doesn’t have to be unbearable,” Dr. Stuelpnagel said.

If you’re increasingly unable to cope, and/or your sadness lasts for more than two weeks, seek help immediately.

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Amanda Stuelpnagel, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology