The Psychological Symptoms of Menopause

The Psychological Symptoms of Menopause

Last update: 28 July, 2022

Menopause tends to come along around the age of 50 in most women, which is also when their reproductive cycles come to an end. It’s a phase that every woman must face, but it can really be a pain. The changes that occur during this time affect women in a big way.

Hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and an array of physical changes probably sound familiar. This is also when problems in the sexual realm start to rear their ugly heard, and it’s not something that should be ignored.

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Psychological symptoms

Menopause is just another phase of life. Many women fear it’s arrival because they feel menopause is the gateway to old age. Negative feelings about the arrival of menopause, coupled with changes in brain chemistry can lead to discouragement, depression and many other psychological symptoms.

1. Mood disorders

During menopause, a woman’s emotional state can become very unstable. This causes problems, not only for her but for the people around her. And then misunderstanding comes strolling around. Women get angry without knowing why and are more susceptible than usual.

But don’t worry! This is all totally normal. Once you accept menopause, everything will start to improve. Mood disturbances can be enhanced by the rejection of this stage, so embrace it! And remember that you can’t walk away from it.

2. Anxiety

Anxiety is very common in menopausal women. This is mostly caused by the fear of having an embarrassing situation in public. “What if it gets hot?” “What if I start to sweat excessively?”

A woman can’t help but suffer when she feels this sort of anxiety and unpredictability about her menopausal symptoms.

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3. Irritability

With all the symptoms menopausal women go through, they can become very irritable. Anything, trivial as it may seem, may cause her to feel like she’s “about to explode.”

4. Insomnia

A menopausal woman’s sleep is greatly hindered due to hot flashes and night sweats. This can cause major problems, such as sleep apnea or total sleep deprivation.

5. Lack of Sexual Desire

During menopause, several problems arise that cause a woman’s sexual drive to diminish: vaginal dryness and its loss of elasticity, arousal takes longer, muscular tension decreases, etc. Between these and the other problems they face, it’s easy for this loss of sexual desire to occur.

But not to worry; all this can and should be. If you don’t pay attention to these symptoms, it can cause substantial sexual dysfunctions to occur, you can become frustrated, and you won’t be able to enjoy your sex life. Don’t let that happen! Many women even choose to surrender all sexual contact, but that’s not the solution: enjoy your sex life during menopause!

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6. Lack of Concentration

During menopause, concentration and memory decrease significantly. Remembering or paying attention to different things can sometimes be really hard!

Stress can cause this kind of concentration and memory loss. Continuing with everyday tasks while facing these menopausal changes can be emotionally taxing and stressful, and it’s not surprising that juggling it all becomes difficult to manage.  

Change your outlook on menopause! It’s just another phase, with it’s pros and cons. Don’t let it overcome you and lead you to depression. Know the symptoms and find the solution! Menopause can be a wonderful stage

“Estrogen decides everything.”
― Marie Hoäg

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.