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Emotions and Menopause - Topic Overview

The transition to postmenopause is a normal part of the aging process. It is also a time of physical changes. You can expect some emotional responses to these changes, both positive and negative.

Menopause does not create serious emotional issues for most women. Many women celebrate a sense of freedom from birth control concerns and menstrual bleeding. Often women find this time of life highly productive in their work and personal lives. But it is also common to feel unsettled about body changes that seem beyond your control, including:

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You can take care of yourself in the following ways:

  • Manage symptoms by eating well, getting plenty of rest, and avoiding excess caffeine, alcohol, and simple sugars. This will improve your emotional and physical well-being.
  • Have a relaxed attitude about menopause. Tension and anxiety can make your symptoms worse. Use relaxation techniques, such as rhythmic breathing exercises, yoga, biofeedback, and regular exercise, to manage stress.
  • If you need to, find a support group where you can discuss common issues that come up before and after menopause.
  • If depression, moodiness, or irritability are interfering with your daily life, discuss this with your doctor.
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Last Updated: April 26, 2012
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