During the menopause transition, a woman may experience an increase in anxious feelings. While this does not typically escalate into a full-on anxiety disorder, anxiety symptoms can be disruptive and alarming. In addition to feelings of worry, apprehension, dread, and fear, a woman often experiences physical symptoms – such as an accelerated heartbeat, dizziness, trembling, malaise, muscle aches, sweating, and shortness of breath – depending on the severity of the anxiety.

As part of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, researchers observed anxiety rates in nearly 3,000 women for 10 years. They also examined the factors that influence anxiety. Their main findings include:

  • Anxiety symptoms tend to be worst in late perimenopause and then continue into postmenopause.
  • Women with frequent hot flashes and night sweats are more likely to experience anxiety.
  • Asian woman are less likely to experience anxiety than Caucasian and Hispanic women.

What Causes Anxiety during Menopause?

The fact that anxiety tends to be more common in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women than premenopausal women suggests that changing hormone levels are the primary cause. During the menopause transition, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate up and down before tapering off as menstruation draws to a permanent close.

Because these hormones influence the regulation of mood, hormonal shifts can result in increased anxiety. In particular, estrogen affects the regulation of serotonin, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter. In addition, it is known that progesterone has a calming, sleep-inducing effect, so a shortage of this hormone can likewise result in anxiety symptoms.

Anxiety Triggers

While each person’s triggers are unique, some common triggers often set off anxiety episodes or make the symptoms more intense. These include:

  • High stress levels
  • Specific fears, such as closed spaces
  • Financial hardship
  • Excessive caffeine consumption
  • Difficult life events, such as a divorce or children leaving home

For some women, a hot flash or night sweat can trigger anxious feelings. At times, however, the reverse happens: anxiety precedes a hot flash episode.

How Macafem Relieves Menopausal Anxiety

Macafem reduces and relieves anxious feelings by balancing hormone levels naturally. This, in turn, regulates neurotransmitter levels, helping to dispel anxiety. The key is the supplement’s beneficial alkaloids and essential nutrients, which nourish the hormonal glands, giving them the support they need to produce hormones at balanced levels. Macafem does not contain any external hormones, whether from plants or a laboratory. It is a safe, natural supplement that promotes not just anxiety and menopause symptom relief, but also overall well-being.

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Anxiety FAQs

1. Are there different types of anxiety?

Yes. While they are disturbing, increased anxious feelings during menopause are often not severe enough to be diagnosed as a clinical anxiety disorder. If anxiety does escalate to a clinical disorder during menopause, women are most likely to experience generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or social phobia. On the other hand, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and specific phobia disorder are other types of anxiety that are typically unrelated to menopause.

2. What relaxation techniques are helpful for anxiety?

Yoga, mindful meditation, and aromatherapy can help reduce anxiety symptoms. Controlled breathing techniques can also help, especially as an anxiety episode is coming on.

3. Are there other ways to treat anxiety?

Yes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, also called “talk therapy,” is a recommended way to treat anxiety. It helps sufferers modify the way they think and view things to reduce and prevent anxiety. In cases of clinical anxiety, medications like anxiolytics may help.

4. How should Macafem be taken for anxiety symptoms?

The standard dose of Macafem is three tablets a day taken with breakfast. However, if the anxiety is not reduced within in one month, the dose may be doubled to six tablets a day. Since the severity of anxiety during menopause is variable, the dose of Macafem can be adjusted accordingly, anywhere from one to six tablets daily.

Other Symptoms of Menopause

While each woman may experience a different set of symptoms, the various symptoms of menopause have the same origin: hormonal imbalance during the transition.

Macafem can naturally address the following: