In recent years, it has become quite common for women in menopause to be prescribed antidepressants. While some women may experience challenges during this time, the prescription of antidepressants may not be necessary in all cases. In this blog, we will explore why women are often prescribed antidepressants during menopause, and alternatives that can be considered.

The primary reason women in menopause may be prescribed antidepressants is because of the decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels that can cause changes in mood, including depression and anxiety. However, prescribing antidepressants as the first line of treatment may not always be appropriate, as these medications do not address the underlying hormonal changes happening in the body.

Moreover, antidepressants may have side effects such as weight gain, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction, among others, and long-term use of these drugs has been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Alternative treatments for women in menopause may include Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, and stress reduction techniques. BHRT is a treatment that replenishes hormones in the body, reducing the severity of symptoms such as hot flashes, mood changes, and lowered libido, weight gain, and more.

Additionally, a healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on a woman’s overall wellbeing during menopause. Regular exercise helps regulate mood and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. A healthy diet, in particular one rich in nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, can also help reduce symptoms of menopause.

In conclusion, while antidepressants may have their place in treating menopausal symptoms such as depression and anxiety, it is important to consider alternatives such as BHRT and lifestyle changes. Antidepressants can also make symptoms of menopause even worse. If you’d like to try BHRT or have any questions, reach out to us here to schedule your free consultation!