Menopause usually occurs between the ages of forty to sixty when women release fewer eggs from their ovaries and periods will begin to cease and pregnancy becomes unlikely. This does not mean that a woman cannot be pregnant at this stage.
So back to menopause and depression. A woman is bound to become a little disheartened and miserable due to the sudden changes in the body. Researchers have found that during menopause, there is a decrease in estrogens which affects the brain to a certain extent and can lead some women to become anxious and depressed. Others believe that menopause and depression co-occur because of the other symptoms of menopause such as fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido etc.
So, the hormonal changes which occur during menopause can lead to depression. However, one must also realise that depression has many other causes. Menopause symptoms can have a different reason as well. So if you think that these problems or body changes are disturbing your quality of life, then you need to visit your physician to discuss your concerns. They will be best placed to offer the appropriate solution for them. Usually the reason why menopause and depression are frequently associated is more for psychological reasons rather than biological. Most women feel that the advent of menopause in their life has brought their old life and the feeling of youth to an end. This is a huge marker and a kind of pessimism sets in than can make you feel that you are getting closer to the end of the quality of life that you have been enjoying. Hence we see these psychological changes can wreck havoc in the life of women who may begin to doubt their self confidence and the overall outlook on life in general.
So, if you find yourself in the dilemma of going through menopause and depression at the same time, consult an expert, get things sorted out, as life is too short to regret and indulge your depression when you may not have to.