Herb Weis PhD of Horizon Health Services responds:
Yes, both psychologically and physiologically.
For many women, menopause presents emotional challenges since their ability to have children may have become central to their sense of identity as a woman. This is particularly true for women who do not have careers outside of the home. It is akin to the challenges men often face when they retire.
Additionally, since our emotions are regulated in large part by our hormones, the hormonal changes associated with this period can result in the mood fluctuations that are well recognized.
Finally, these emotional and physiological challenges are often complicated by negative reactions from partners and others who don’t understand the reasons for the woman’s emotional instability.
Your gynecologist should be a good resource for further information.
— Herb Weis PhD
Horizon Health Services provides counseling at the Piver Center on the campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo and at locations throughout Western New York. Most insurances, including Medicaid, are accepted.
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