When it comes to menopause every woman experiences symptoms differently and in some cases, certain symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings can be worse than others. Although it may become uncomfortable and worrying at some stages, these symptoms are normal.

Over 75% of women experience some form of symptoms before, during and after menopause. Over 25% have reported feeling severe symptoms. Because these symptoms may last for many years it's handy to familiarise yourself with what they are and how they can be managed. 

Menopause Symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic some of the severe symptoms that can be experienced are:

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness

When a woman goes through these symptoms their everyday tasks may become more difficult to complete and due to their mood swings, you may notice their personality changing too. Although all of this is normal, it is worth exploring ways that one can minimise these symptoms. 

Menopause and Depression

Due to the falling levels of estrogen and progesterone, women may experience mood swings that also can contribute to feelings of depression. As there is such a sudden change in hormones, it can lead to an emotional roller coaster according to Hopkins Medicine


If a woman has a previous diagnosis of depression the dip in hormone levels may trigger this again. So, it is useful to be aware of this especially when mood swings are seen as an early sign of perimenopause. 

During the fluctuation of hormones, the same hormone that controls menstrual cycles, also controls a brain chemical called serotonin. Serotonin is a natural chemical that the body produces that promotes feelings of well-being and happiness. As a result of hormone levels dropping, serotonin levels also drop, which often contributes to feeling anxious and sad. 

Treating Severe Symptoms

It is advisable to start looking at ways you can avoid severe menopause symptoms ahead of time. There are a few options available that can be found in pharmacies and natural health brands. 

Taking vitamins as early as possible can help to minimise some of the symptoms. Specifically looking at vitamins that contain magnesium, vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, K, and calcium.

Other natural supplements such as turmeric can be used to help with minimising joint pain during menopause. Saffron has also been found to help manage mood swings, feelings of depression and a number of other severe menopause symptoms.  


Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy, the option prescribed by our healthcare system, is designed to treat severe symptoms of menopause. It specifically can help to reduce and in some cases relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, reduced sex drive & vaginal dryness. 

There are different types of HRT which differ in hormones, treatment plans, and ways of taking it. This would have to be recommended by a professional such as a GP or healthcare practitioner. 

It is important to note that not every woman is a suitable candidate for undertaking this therapy. For example, if there is a history of breast cancer, liver disease, or blood clots, the professional may not advise this therapy treatment. 

At this point, alternative treatment options such as self-care & natural health supplements can be suitable and help to reduce many menopause symptoms. With this in mind, self-care and natural health supplements should not be forgotten even when undergoing HRT. 

November 14, 2022 — Nadya Valova