A healthy pregnancy doesn’t start at conception. It starts months before. Getting to a healthy weight, making better food choices, and being more active before you get pregnant makes for a healthier pregnancy.
The physical changes your body goes through during menopause have been widely publicized. But many women do not realize that menopause also affects your mental and emotional well-being.
As the estrogen levels in your body begin to decrease, you may experience changes in your weight, sleeping patterns, and skin as well as your mood, emotions, and thoughts. Dr. Kelly Morales specializes in guiding you through the process and treating all of your menopause symptoms.
Every woman’s journey through menopause is different; but there are some common signs that menopause is affecting your mental health, such as:
Some women even show signs of severe depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms along with other menopause symptoms, it is likely due to the changes in your hormones. Let Dr. Morales know right away if you begin experiencing changes in your mental and emotional health.
If you’re exhibiting any or many of the symptoms, Dr. Morales may suggest treatment in the form of counseling and/or lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy, or medication to treat depression and other mental health issues.
Taking care of your mental and emotional health is important regardless of your stage in life, but because menopause may exacerbate these issues, it’s important to pay even closer attention during this time. It is imperative that you seek medical attention at the first sign of change, but there are some ways of managing these symptoms on your own as well. Some ways to cope include:
Dr. Morales may also prescribe medication or antidepressants to work in tandem with your efforts at home to manage changes in your mental health.
With the right care and treatment, you can manage your symptoms and enjoy this new stage in your life. If you begin to notice changes to your mental and emotional health and are ready to talk about your options, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Morales.
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