Menopause Specialist

Washington Center for Women's and Children's Wellness (WCWCW) -  - Child, Adolescent, Women’s & Reproductive Psychiatry

Washington Center for Women's and Children's Wellness (WCWCW)

Child, Adolescent, Women’s & Reproductive Psychiatry located in Bethesda, MD, Baileys, VA, Miami, FL, & Ann Arbor, MI,

Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s aging process. However, the hormonal changes that occur during menopause may affect your emotional and physical well-being. At WCWCW, our board-certified psychiatrists and psychotherapists specialize in treating the emotional changes women experience during menopause. To make an appointment at our office in Bethesda, Maryland, call or use the online booking feature today.

Menopause Q & A

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Menopause Perimenopause

What is menopause?

Menopause is the stage in a woman’s life when she no longer menstruates, marking the end of her ability to reproduce. You reach menopause when you go one full year without your period. 

In the United States, 52 is the average age women reach menopause. This life change occurs because your ovaries no longer produce significant amounts of estrogen and progesterone. 

These female sex hormones control your menstrual cycle and support the health of your reproductive organs. In addition to your reproductive health, estrogen also influences your mood.

During menopause, many women struggle with mood changes because of the loss of estrogen. WCWCW specializes in reproductive psychiatry and understands how hormones affect your mood during these life transitions and provides psychiatric care to improve symptoms and well-being.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause affects your physical and emotional well-being. Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Mood changes
  • Depression
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness

Loss of estrogen is the driving force behind the physical and emotional changes women experience during menopause. Though the severity of these symptoms varies from woman to woman, if your symptoms are severe, there are many treatments that can help.

When do I need a reproductive psychiatrist for menopause?

You may benefit from  reproductive psychiatry treatment at WCWCW if your menopause symptoms trigger a mood or anxiety disorder.

The abrupt hormonal changes that occur in the years leading up to menopause, a transitional period known as perimenopause, alter the balance of the neurotransmitters in your brain. These changes affect your mood and behavior, causing depression. 

When you reach menopause, your hormone levels stabilize, but you may still struggle with a psychiatric condition if you didn’t get the right care during perimenopause. 

WCWCW specializes in reproductive psychiatry and provides comprehensive care for menopause-related mood changes, easing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.

How are psychiatric issues associated with menopause treated?

Your clinician at WCWCW customizes your menopause treatment plan based on your symptoms, medical history, mental health history, and diagnosis. Treatment may include antidepressants to improve mood and psychotherapy to help you function better.

Menopause affects your physical and emotional well-being. If your life change affects your mental health, call WCWCW or schedule an appointment online today.