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Perimenopause, Menopause and Depression

Estrogen levels during menopause can drop and trigger physical and emotional changes.

Estrogen Levels During Perimenopause and Menopause

The drop in estrogen levels during perimenopause and menopause triggers physical as well as emotional changes including depression or anxiety as well as changes in memory. Like any other point in a woman’s life, there is a relationship between hormone levels and physical and emotional symptoms. Some physical changes include:

  • Irregular or skipped periods
  • Heavier or lighter periods
  • Hot flashes

What Are My Options for Treating Depression?

Your doctor will try to exclude any medical causes for your depression, such as thyroid problems. Depression during perimenopause and menopause is treated in much the same way as depression that strikes at any other time. However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that estrogen replacement can provide relief of minor physical and emotional symptoms, as well as prevent osteoporosis.

There may be a slight increase in breast cancer and blood clots perimenopausal. Hormone therapy alone is not effective in treating more severe depression, and therefore antidepressant drug therapy and psychotherapy may be necessary.

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, be sure to talk to your doctor about finding a treatment that will work for you.