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Anxiety: The Hormonal Connection during Menopause

 

During the menopause transition, many women experience changes in mood. While most women do not develop a clinical anxiety disorder, many have anxious and uneasy feelings that do not stem from an apparent cause. Anxiety is complex, and it can be influenced by factors like genetics, stress, personality, and medical history. Changes in hormone levels are another important link, as well as the reason it is thought that anxiety is twice more common in women than in men.

Learn more about the hormones that influence anxiety and how Macafem can relieve anxiety naturally.

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Estrogen and Anxiety

Many parts of the brain have estrogen receptors, showing estrogen’s wide effect on the brain. One of these influences is on serotonin, a neurotransmitter than regulates mood. When estrogen levels are out of balance during menopause, serotonin is also affected, resulting in changes in mood. Low estrogen levels can also make the mind and body more vulnerable to stress, whereas balanced estrogen levels calm the fear response.

Progesterone and Anxiety

Progesterone is known for the relaxing effect is has on the body. This hormone affects brain receptors for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that induces tranquility. When GABA levels are low in the brain, anxiety can result.

Anxiety and Other Hormones

Anxiety and stress are extremely complex processes in the body, and they involve a delicate interplay of different hormones in many different forms. One of the instrumental hormones in anxiety is cortisol, the stress hormone, which also interacts with estrogen. It is also thought that noradrenaline plays a role in the emergence of anxiety. The way these hormones work in the body and how they factor into anxiety is still being studied.

Macafem for Relieving Anxiety

Macafem is an all-natural supplement that balances hormone levels. It does not contain plant-based or synthetic estrogen, but rather nourishes the hormonal glands with its essential nutrients and unique alkaloids. This balances not only estrogen levels, but also those of progesterone and other hormones implicated in menopausal anxiety. Because of its support of the endocrine system as a whole, Macafem can balance hormone levels, relieve symptoms of menopause that contribute to anxiety – such as hot flashes – and provide many other benefits.

Since anxiety is multifaceted, it is recommended that women also participate in some form of professional therapy – such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy – alongside taking Macafem. Joining a menopause support group or an exercise class can also help. The important thing is to have a support network. You are not alone!

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