If you feel like you're riding an emotional roller coaster during perimenopause and menopause, the years when your menstrual cycle starts winding down and eventually stops, you're not alone.
It's common for women to experience anxiety, depression, or irritability during this transition. You may also have hot flashes, which can lead to insomnia — and constant fatigue.
It may be helpful to remind yourself that your shifting moods are real effects of the fluctuating hormones and decreasing estrogen levels in your body. And symptoms can be successfully managed through healthy habits; and, if necessary, medications.
Your personal physician at Kaiser Permanente medical offices can help you find ways to manage your physical and emotional symptoms and navigate these transitional years more easily. You may also benefit from seeing one of our Behavioral Health Services specialists.