Topic Overview

The transition to
postmenopause is a normal part of the aging process.
It is also a time of physical changes. You can expect some emotional responses
to these changes, both positive and negative.

Menopause does not create serious emotional issues for most women.
Many women celebrate a sense of freedom from birth control concerns and
menstrual bleeding. Often women find this time of life highly productive in
their work and personal lives. But it is also common to feel unsettled
about body changes that seem beyond your control, including:

  • Loss of
    fertility.
  • Aging.
  • Changes in sexuality.
  • Mood
    swings.
  • Embarrassment about hot flashes and
    sweating.
  • Weight gain.

You can take care of yourself in the following ways:

  • Manage symptoms by eating well, getting plenty of
    rest, and avoiding excess caffeine, alcohol, and simple sugars. This will
    improve your emotional and physical well-being.
  • Have a relaxed
    attitude about menopause. Tension and anxiety can make your symptoms worse. Use
    relaxation techniques, such as rhythmic breathing exercises, yoga,
    biofeedback, and regular exercise, to manage
    stress.
  • If you need to, find a support group where you can discuss common
    issues that come up before and after menopause.
  • If depression,
    moodiness, or irritability are interfering with your daily life, discuss this
    with your doctor.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD – Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH – Geriatric Medicine

Current as ofOctober 6, 2017