Surviving Menopause

Today I am speaking to a large group of women attending MORE magazine's Reinvention Convention. I will be talking about menopause and the mind.

So in a nutshell, here are the most important points.

Women in perimenopause do have a greater likelihood of suffering from both depressed moods and true depression. Those at highest risk are women who have had mood issues around their period or after childbirth, those with hot flashes, trouble sleeping, history of childhood abuse and a sudden surgically-caused menopause.

After menopause the likelihood of depression drops to normal. Depression can be treated with estrogen or antidepressants or psychotherapy.

Perimenopausal women also often notice difficulty with memory. Estrogen replacement may help with this temporary memory problem at the time right around menopause BUT data show that women who have not been on hormone replacement and then at a later age (like 65) take estrogen it can actually worsen symptoms of dementia. The data about hormone replacement therapy is quite tricky and should definitely be discussed with your gynecologist.

Depending on what your family history and medical issues are it might or might not be right for you.



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