Are you struggling with loneliness brought on by menopause? Despite the fact that it happens to all women, many are left feeling isolated and lonely throughout their menopause journey. This, in turn, can cause mental health to suffer, leading to issues with anxiety and depression.
As May 9th-15th marks Mental Health Awareness Week, we felt it was a good time to talk about feeling lonely during the menopause. Why does it lead to a feeling of isolation, and what can be done about it? Discover everything you need to know in this useful blog.
How common is loneliness during menopause?
Loneliness and isolation are surprisingly common for women. It can cause feelings of loneliness as well as contribute to them. There are a lot of theories as to why this is, but whatever the cause, the loneliness experienced can be really difficult to deal with.
Unfortunately, many women don’t feel able to talk about their experiences as they go through the menopause. While there has been some progress made in recent years to raise awareness of the effects the milestone has on women’s mental health, it is still very much a taboo topic for many. Not feeling comfortable discussing their experiences can further exacerbate the feelings of loneliness.
Why do many women feel lonely?
There are a lot of theories as to why women feel lonely during menopause. Just some of the reasons may include:
- Irritability and mood swings
- Anxiety and depression
During menopause, a woman’s hormone levels fluctuate, leading to side effects such as irritability and mood swings. As oestrogen levels fall, the need to nurture others also reduces. This all contributes to feelings of loneliness as it can make them more difficult to be around.
Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and fatigue can also play a large role. Many women end up feeling utterly exhausted during menopause, giving them less energy for social get togethers. Anxiety and depression make it easier to isolate, as does the embarrassment that often accompanies menopause.
There is still a stigma attached to menopause, making it difficult for women to speak out about how they feel. All these factors together can understandably lead to loneliness and isolation.
What can be done about it?
Although loneliness is a common feeling, there are things that can help. First, understanding the cause of loneliness is important. It can be really useful to connect with other women who are experiencing the same thing. Social media and local community groups are great for meeting others going through the same experiences.
Managing the effects of the menopause is also crucial. At SureScan, we provide an annual menopause health check which can help identify and treat any issues women are experiencing. To book a menopause health check, contact our friendly team today.