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When to Seek Professional Help

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In addition to the difficult symptoms menopausal women experience, there are also many other hardships that can prove to be inconvenient and embarrassing, such as hot flashes and incontinence. Many women prefer to tough out their symptoms or are too embarrassed by some of them to seek help.

When to Seek Help
The truth of the menopausal matter is that it is never too early to seek the help and advice of a medical professional. In fact, seeing a doctor as soon as you begin experiencing irregularities in your menstrual cycle can have long lasting benefits. For one, you will have established a relationship with your doctor, making it easier to openly and honestly discuss some of the more difficult symptoms of menopause. Secondly, your menopausal history will all be charted and recorded so that your doctor can review it in order to make better decisions for your future.

Menopausal Depression
Women in menopause who suspect they're falling into depression should waste no time in seeking the help of a doctor or therapist. Menopausal depression is a common condition that is both serious and treatable. By itself, depression can suck the joy out of life and leave you feeling fatigued and without motivation. If left untouched, it can progress to severe anxiety and in extreme cases, suicide.

Depression has a host of symptoms, and not everyone experiences all of them. Among them are loss of appetite or overeating, trouble sleeping, lack of interest in things that previously were important to you, lack of concentration, excessive crying, and many others. If you experience some of these symptoms you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

Remember, it is not necessary or advisable for you to go through this alone. There are a variety of treatments available, such as hormone replacement therapy, that can decrease both the level of intrusion menopause often has in your life and the discomfort that accompanies the symptoms.  There are also antidepressants, which can help you feel like yourself again. It's very important that you consult your doctor, who can help you decide the safest and quickest way to help you get back to living your life. For more reasons to visit a doctor, visit our Clinical Treatments and Therapies section.

Support Groups
There is no replacement for a medical professional, but support groups can help. The women in these groups understand what you're going through because they are experiencing the same symptoms you are. Often times, the women in these support groups can also share positive or negative experiences they've had with certain remedies and over-the-counter medications. For more information on support groups, please visit our section on Finding a Support Group. ♀

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