Carol Vorderman recently revealed that she fell into a deep depression while she was going through the menopause. She said that there were days when she didn’t want to get out of bed and was unable to make simple everyday decisions. She went on to explain that whilst she had experienced difficult times in her life before this was very different and as hard as she tried she couldn’t find a way out.
Carol is not alone and many women going through the menopause struggle to cope with the symptoms. It is not the same for any woman and symptoms vary from woman to woman. Approximately 8 in every 10 women will experience additional symptoms for some time before and after their periods stop. Many learn to live with the hot flushes but the mood swings and depression can be difficult to cope with as Carole Vorderman discovered and this is when some will choose to take HRT.
It is important to understand that as a woman’s egg supply begins to decline lots of changes start to happen, particularly with hormone production. Periods become irregular and some may experience PMS symptoms for the first time in their life which in itself can be distressing. These changes can start anytime between late 30s or early 50s. The ovaries go into overdrive and can produce either too much or too little oestrogen and/or progesterone. More progesterone can mean heavy menstrual bleeding.
Oestrogen levels start to drop approximately 6-12 months before the periods actually stop. Menopause is reached when there has been no period for one year, after which oestrogen continues to drop even further. This is when other symptoms start to appear, dry skin, bone loss and the risk for certain types of cancers.
So with all the hormonal changes taking place within a woman’s body it is hardly surprising that we can experience, hot flushes, mood swings, depression and exhaustion.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and are struggling to cope with them or want to avoid taking HRT, please contact me to see how I can help relieve your symptoms using homeopathy.