The connection between Menopause and depression are linked to the changes in fluctuating hormone levels, cortisol and a drop in estrogen levels. Women can begin to experience depression starting in PreMenopause / PeriMenopause and by the time menopause occurs, depression can become crippling unless treated. Menopause and depression can also be linked to a combination of some of the other nearly 40-symptoms of menopause; this includes anxiety, low testosterone and estrogen, sleep disturbance and apathy. The connection between menopause and depression cannot be pinpointed by one cause obviously as there are many contributing factors that can also include thyroid issues. Menopause affects every woman differently.
When women here the term “Testosterone” they may cringe! They ask the questions like; “Isn’t this a male hormone”? Or “Why would I want Testosterone”? The answer may surprise you! Women have and need a balanced level of testosterone to help with bone mass, sex drive, breast cancer prevention and pain management. Finding the right balance of estrogen and testosterone is key in overcoming the symptoms of menopause, Virtuous for women is a natural compound that does just that!
Symptoms of Menopause depression
The most common symptoms include:
• Two or more weeks of depressed mood
• Decreased interest
• Appetite changes
• A difference in sleep patterns
• Fatigue, Apathy and loss of energy
• Mental fog and problems concentrating
• Feelings of sadness or loss, worthlessness
• Restlessness and irritability
• Suicide thought patterns
Anxiety as a contributing factor:
• Aches and pains
• Sore stomach and digestion issues including IBS
• Low libido (also spikes in high libido)
• Panic attacks
• Hyperventilation and a feeling of the onset of a heart attack
• Sweating, night sweats
• General tension
Ways to overcome Menopause and Depression
Exercise in general can help ease menopause depression by releasing endorphins, often called feel-good chemicals. Even if an exercise routine is not a part of your lifestyle, getting out for a 20-minute walk can make all the difference to how you feel the rest of the day.
Because a drop of estrogen can cause cortisol levels to become unrolled, women should avoid foods that further increase cortisol levels. Foods such as saturated fats, refined sugars, many grains, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol should be avoided. Treats like dark chocolate and berries can be a great replacement.
Sleep is very important, but as sleep deprivation and night sweats can also be another symptom of menopause it can be very discouraging. Because a hormone imbalance in PreMenopause / PeriMenopause and Menopause multiple areas are affected. The good news is that with Virtuous you not only treat depression, you treat all the symptoms of menopause at the same time.
There are many medical options to treat menopause and depression, but this should be approached with great caution. Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT can have serious side effects that include various cancers including breast cancer and ovarian cancers. Patches and crèmes are some other synthetic solutions but they are very temporary and also come with serious side effects.
The following herbs are all included as a proven compound in Virtuous:
Black Cohosh and Dong Quai are probably the most recognized herbs for Menopause and depression and with good reason; they both contain high levels of Phyto-Estrogen. Phytoestrogens mimic estrogen in the body without increasing female estrogen! This is important because you receive all of the benefits of the missing estrogen including putting off all of the symptoms of menopause AND there are no negative side effects like with synthetics.
Damiana (Turnera Aphrodisiaca) has been used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and mild depression, especially if these symptoms have a sexual component.
Panax Ginseng is used to enlarge the size of organic cell yielding extra energy to improve physical and mental performance. A synergy effect is believed to occur when taken with Dong Quai for balance stress and memory. There is also a synergy effect with Tribulus for libido.
Tribulus has well-known beneficial effects including enhancing libido, energy, stamina, muscle toning, and urinary support. Tribulus works by boosting production of luteinizing hormone, which is a regulator of testosterone, as well as one of many testosterone stimulators. This is essential in balancing estrogen levels in women seeking natural menopause relief.
Virtuous from Vital Extracts contains a unique compound of Black Cohosh for vaginal dryness, Dong Quai for estrogen balance, Panax Ginseng for blood flow and mental focus, Damiana and Tribulus for libido and Pomegranate rind to prevent leucorrhea, vaginitis and general yeast infections.
Virtuous for Menopause Depression !
Symptoms of Menopause have been treated for thousands of years with herbs to bring Natural Menopause Relief successfully! Virtuous has 6 herbs proven to treat every symptom of menopause.