What is Perimenopause/Menopause?
Perimenopause and menopause are natural biological processes that occur in women as they age.
Perimenopause refers to the transition period before menopause, when the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen, leading to changes in menstrual cycles and other symptoms. This period typically begins in a woman’s 40s, but can start earlier or later, and can last for several years.
Menopause is defined as the point in time when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. This occurs when the ovaries stop releasing eggs and producing estrogen. Menopause typically occurs around the age of 51, but can happen earlier or later.
Both perimenopause and menopause can cause a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irregular periods, mood changes, difficulty sleeping, and decreased sex drive. These symptoms can vary in severity and duration, and can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life.
Mental Health Issues Associated with Perimenopause/Menopause
Perimenopause and menopause can cause a variety of physical symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, but they can also have an impact on mental health. Some of these issues may include:
Many women experience mood changes during perimenopause and menopause, including irritability, anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
Sleep disturbances are common during perimenopause and menopause, and insomnia can contribute to feelings of irritability and anxiety.
Women may be at increased risk for depression during perimenopause and menopause due to hormonal changes and other factors such as life stressors and changes in social roles.
Anxiety and panic attacks
Hormonal changes during perimenopause and menopause can contribute to feelings of anxiety and can even trigger panic attacks in some women.
Some women report cognitive changes during perimenopause and menopause, such as difficulty concentrating or remembering things.
Decreased sex drive
Changes in hormone levels can lead to a decreased sex drive, which can have an impact on a woman’s self-esteem and intimate relationships.
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Before you book your appointment to see a psychologist, it is important to consider the costs involved. This will help you to weigh your options and make the right decision for you and your health. Patients with a referral/mental health care plan from a GP will be eligible to claim a rebate from Medicare. We accept direct deposit or credit card/debit cards.
To suit your individual needs and preferences, sessions with a psychologist can be spaced weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
For more information about costs, inquire at Pynk Health.
Why To Seek Support
By seeking support and treatment, women can better understand the changes they are experiencing and learn how to manage symptoms. Healthcare providers can provide valuable information and resources, such as therapy, support groups, and medication, to help manage mental health issues.
Some women may feel ashamed or embarrassed about their changes, which can sometimes prevent them from seeking support. At Pynk Health, we want to reduce the stigma around women’s health issues, as an organisation run by women, for women.
Seeking support for mental health issues associated with perimenopause and menopause can improve quality of life, provide access to resources, reduce stigma, and improve relationships. It can also help women prioritise their mental health during a time when they may be experiencing significant physical and emotional changes.
How You Can Get Support
While perimenopause and menopause are natural processes, they can be challenging to navigate. However, there are many effective treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage symptoms and improve overall health and well-being during this time. Women can work with their healthcare providers to develop an individualised plan for managing perimenopause and menopause symptoms.
Getting support for mental health issues associated with perimenopause and menopause can be essential in managing the emotional and physical changes that come with these natural biological processes. There are several ways to get support, including speaking with your healthcare provider, joining a support group, seeking therapy, practicing self-care, and talking to loved ones.
Talk to your doctor
One of the first steps in seeking support is to talk to your healthcare provider. They can provide valuable information and resources for managing mental health issues and offer treatment options, such as medication and therapy. Healthcare providers can also help you understand the changes you may be experiencing and provide guidance on how to manage symptoms.
Find support groups
Joining a support group is another way to get support for mental health issues associated with perimenopause and menopause. Support groups offer a safe and supportive environment to share experiences, learn from others, and receive emotional support. There are both online and in-person support groups available, and finding one that fits your needs can be helpful in managing symptoms.
Reach out to loved ones
Talking to loved ones can provide emotional support and understanding during this time of change. Family and friends can also offer practical support, such as helping with household tasks or childcare.
Practicing self-care activities, such as exercise, healthy eating, and stress management techniques, can also be beneficial in managing mental health issues associated with perimenopause and menopause. These activities can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Seeking therapy can also be an effective way to manage mental health issues during perimenopause and menopause. A therapist can provide a safe space to explore feelings and emotions, learn coping strategies, and provide support during this time of change.
At Pynk Health, we hold our therapy sessions online, allowing you to get support from anywhere you feel most comfortable.