Archives: Mental Health
Don’t be surprised if you notice changes in your mood as you approach menopause. During the five to seven years before your periods stop for good, your hormone levels start to change, your periods become less regular, and you may start to have symptoms such as hot flushes, irritability and difficulty sleeping through the night.
According to folklore, serious depression starts at this age, supposedly because women feel ‘useless’ when they lose their fertility. Statistics don’t support this notion; in fact, many women are relieved to leave their child-bearing years behind, and move on to more freedom. All the same, mood changes should be expected. Physical changes such as vaginal dryness and lack of sexual interest may cause irritability.