Women, Depression and Perimenopause

A new study published May 1st, 2024 found that women are 40% more likely to experience depression 3-5 years before the onset of menopause. This transitional period is called “Perimenopause.” During this stage, women’s estrogen and progesterone levels begin to fluctuate, causing them to experience mood changes, irregular menstrual cycles and other menopausal symptoms, including increased feelings of depression. There was no significant increase in depression for post-menopausal women.

One of the researchers of this study, Aimee Spector said, “Women spend years of their lives dealing with menopausal symptoms that have a huge impact on their wellbeing and quality of life. We need greater awareness and support to ensure they receive appropriate help and care both medically, in the workplace and at home.”

If you’re experiencing lack of energy, sleeplessness, no longer experiencing pleasure from usual sources and low mood, Julie Wells Therapy is here to help. We also recommend a wonderful book which explains how to boost your Serotonin and Dopamine levels when feeling symptoms of depression: