Depression is a common symptom experienced by women going through menopause AND perimenopause. Hormonal fluctuations during this time can contribute to an increased risk of developing depressive symptoms.
Approximately 20-40% of women going through menopause AND perimenopause experience depression. It is significant since it impacts mental well-being and quality of life.
The most effective treatments for depression during menopause and perimenopause include hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to balance hormone levels, antidepressant medications, and/or psychotherapy. Lifestyle modifications such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management techniques can also be beneficial.
On average, approximately 50-70% of women report a reduction in depression symptoms after two months of starting menopause treatment, whether through HRT, medication, therapy, or a combination of approaches.