Fatigue In Menopause

Fatigue is not simply feeling tired; it is a state of severe tiredness and very low levels of energy. Many women suffer from fatigue during perimenopause and menopause and it can occur at any time without prior warning; normally, you feel fatigued following a lack of sleep or physical exertion, but during menopause, it can strike at any time. Fatigue can also affect concentration and motivation.

Menopause and fatigue

In some cases, fatigue can be linked to other symptoms of menopause, including anxiety, insomnia and stress, but often, there appears to be no underlying cause and hormonal changes, most notable a drop in oestrogen levels, contribute to low energy levels and increased tiredness at all times of the day.

If fatigue persists, it may be possible that underlying issues such as hypothyroidism and anaemia may be present and it is advisable to see your GP.

Coping with fatigue

Straightforward remedies, such as getting enough sleep and rest, eating well and staying hydrated can often be beneficial for fighting fatigue. If you feel stressed or anxious, it's also best to try some management techniques and to avoid triggers.

If selhhelp treatments are not effective, it's a good idea to see your GP. It may be necessary to carry out some basic tests to check that there is no underlying cause, such as anaemia. In some cases, especially when other symptoms are problematic, HRT can be very helpful.

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