Menopause can affect women’s mental health: ministry

Symptoms that women commonly experience during menopause include psychological disturbances such as lethargy, headaches, irritability, and anxiety.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Women going through menopause can experience several psychological effects, such as being easily offended, according to the director of productive age and health of older women at the Ministry of Health, Kartini Rustandi.

“Symptoms that women typically experience during menopause include psychological disturbances such as lethargy, headaches, irritability and anxiety,” she said. ANTARA via a short message service on Wednesday.

Psychological effects can occur when postmenopausal women feel they are no longer productive, especially sexually. This is because the sex organs are dry during menopause.

“Psychological issues can be addressed with family support, but if severe, doctors can provide antidepressant medication,” she said.

Other symptoms that menopausal women usually experience include easier sweating, indigestion, and mood swings.

Menopause is a natural process experienced by all women, during which the lining of the uterus thins and the ovaries shrink. This is caused by the decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones.

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In Indonesia, women experience menopause between the ages of 40 and 60 on average. To prevent early menopause, Rustandi suggested developing a healthy lifestyle from an early age.

Many women have severe menopausal symptoms for which gynecologists can provide hormonal supplements.

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Speaking here on Tuesday evening, a member of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Retty Ratnawati, urged young women to start learning about menopause to better prepare themselves.

This is important for women to know the signs of menopause and the changes in psychological states that occur when they enter menopause.

Signs of menopause include no periods for more than a year or even a year and a half. During the period, periods can come and go, she advised.

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