Menopause: Chronic Fatigue and Brain Fog
This is the third blog in this series and I wanted to discuss fatigue and chronic fatigue as a result of peri-menopause and menopause.
As someone who struggle with this from time to time, I thought it would be useful to look at why this happens and what can be done about it.
Understanding perimenopause and menopause
Perimenopause refers to the time of transitional before menopause begins. Your periods may become irregular, and your flow may become heavier or lighter.Production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone usually begins to slow when a woman reaches her 40s. That happens as a woman enters the perimenopausal period. The full transition to menopause can take 4 to 12 years.
Menopause is the time of life when your periods stop, estrogen and progesterone production ends, and you can no longer become pregnant. During perimenopause, you might start experiencing symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, and fatigue. You’ll officially be in menopause when you haven’t had a period for 12 months.
Why is fatigue a common symptom of menopause?
As you enter the perimenopausal period, your hormone levels rise and fall in unpredictable ways. Eventually, your female hormone levels will decrease until your body stops making them completely.
The same hormonal changes that cause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats can also affect your mood and energy levels, leading to fatigue. Those hormone variations can also make it harder for you to sleep at night, which can leave you feeling tired during the day.
Risk factors for fatigue
Even if you’re in your 40s or 50s, fatigue isn’t necessarily due to perimenopause or menopause. All of the following can cause fatigue:
alcohol and drug use
chronic fatigue syndrome
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
a lack of exercise
medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, pain relievers, and heart medicines
sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
underactive thyroid gland
See your doctor for a checkup if you have fatigue.
Remedies for fatigue
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