Frequently, I see patients in my practice that are dealing with perimenopausal anxiety. Symptoms can begin as early as when a woman is in their 30’s but are more common in early to mid-’40s, and through menopause. Around this age, women experience changes in hormone levels, as estrogen and progesterone are on the decline.
While both hormones are on the decline in this part of the lifespan, your lifestyle and genetics do impact how quickly these hormones decline. Anxiety can occur from stress such as:
- Raising children
- Managing a career
- Dealing with aging parents
- Keeping up your home life
Genetic inefficiencies with balancing anxiety/depression can also be related to the cause of this.
Why are my symptoms getting worse?
You might wonder why these symptoms seem worse during this period of a woman’s life? Well, this is commonly due to what we call a “progesterone steal.” If there is more stress than we can accommodate, the body will steal progesterone to help make cortisol to assist with managing stress. When this happens, progesterone can decline faster than it should. This will then cause an imbalance. For women that are still experiencing a cycle, this imbalance tends to be more pronounced in the back half of the cycle.
Additionally, gut dysfunction could be another reason anxiety might be an issue in the perimenopausal age group. As we age, it becomes more difficult to flush out toxins. We can get a build-up in our body. Toxins and potential food triggers can impair the gut function and lead to conditions like anxiety and depression.
Treatment for perimenopausal symptoms
The good news is there are ways to treat these imbalances. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to recognize it. By looking at your body’s systems and determining where the imbalance is happening, I can create an individualized treatment plan to get you back to feeling your best.
To learn more take a look at my full video on perimenopausal anxiety:
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