menopause and stress

Does stress make the symptoms of the menopause worse or does the menopause make you stressed?

We know that physical stress can cause you to stop having your period. Common examples are women who are long-distance runners and women with eating disorders. Psychological stress can also disrupt normal menstrual cycles. In fact, some symptoms of menopause and stress are very similar. These are:

  • Pain
  • Irritability
  • Reduced interest in sex
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood swings

If you are not peri-menopausal or in the menopause but experiencing the symptoms listed above, you may be experiencing stress

Peri-menopause tends to come at a time when there are other stressors in a woman’s life. Between the ages of the late 30’s and early 50’s, women struggle with a variety of life issues, and what is sometimes blamed on peri-menopause may be life stress that happens to coincide . For example, many women going through peri-menopause have children, and being a parent is a big contributor to stress in adults. 

There are a variety of potential issues that can create some form of anxiety in a woman’s life. Most likely, the anxiety a woman feels during peri-menopause is the result of an interaction of a combination of life stressors, and not quite as simple as saying “it is hormones” – but it might be a hormonal problem and so you should go to your GP for an assessment.

Try this anxiety assessment which has a free result but if you listen to the podcast it does ask for money for a solution so you need to decide it its worth it for you.

Try this US assessment about the menopause and treatments

If you are experiencing stress then call me for a FREE 30 minute discussion about what I can do to help you.