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Sunshine Posted 1 year ago
Post menopausal and mental health/ low moods- Advice please


I would be grateful to know what anybody has tried to help with low moods when post menopausal as this is the worst of my symptoms .

Thank you,


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    • Annabee 31st May 2021 at 8:45 am

      Hello, am kind of going through the same. I don’t think loneliness helps, it would be great to meet up with similar people for chats, walks etc maybe that would help?

    • Daisyroots 31st May 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Have you spoken to your GP about hrt?

      • Sunshine 4th June 2021 at 11:58 pm

        I have started bio-identical oestrogel since May 11th, which I am experimenting with using the higher dosage at present also due to start a new bottle soon. I was given this last September after working out some underlying causes myself firstly, as the first doctor was not really beneficial and not linking hormone connections, but reluctant to try until gained new knowledge of the benefits recently from an Naturopath doctor webinar, as the leaflet was scary of the side effects and how can be very misleading women. I am more interested in functional natural health. I had also started more additional natural adaptogen supplements which was good timing to gain that knowledge, to help my terrible fatigue in the mornings in the September with also having extremely low moods from last July, which was helping the fatigue improve by late October, then the dark mornings began of Winter. I believe that I had adrenal dysfunction after so many stressful events and finding out I was postmenopausal in Feb 20 in the midst of also having an overactive thyroid in January 20 which relates to the sex hormones being depleted. Therefore my hormones have been affected tremendously and depleted with also being menopausal since last year. This may help other women reading this with what I have included and happy to help.

    • KoodiesMum 31st May 2021 at 5:12 pm

      Firstly a visit to your GP is probably in order first (if you can get in).
      Wasn’t able to stay on hrt for very long.
      Was recommended St John’s Wart…. Didn’t do much for me, but that’s not to say it would be the same for you. Good luck!

      • Sunshine 5th June 2021 at 12:00 am

        Hello KoodiesMum,

        I have given a little of my history above and spoke to three doctors on the telephone as was easier during the pandemic not to visit the surgery unless really necessary. Which hrt did you use and why not able to use it for very long?

    • Deleted User 1st June 2021 at 4:16 pm

      I find rhodiola wonderful. You can get it at Holland and Barrett. I got anxiety too because of the menopause and this really helped me. Hope it helps you.

      • Sunshine 5th June 2021 at 12:02 am

        Hello Abba,

        I have this as part of my adaptogen herb mix and how much Rhodiola do you take daily? It is a good herb for anxiety and stress.

        • Deleted User 6th June 2021 at 10:30 pm

          Hi. I take one capsule in the morning after food. You can take two, which I do if really anxious about something. But generally one capsule is enough.

    • Bimbee69 1st June 2021 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Sunshine. A friend of mine swears by Black Cohosh. I’ve never tried it myself as on HRT which works for me. As was already suggested, meeting up for chats with likeminded people. Where do you live?

      • Sunshine 5th June 2021 at 12:07 am

        Hello Bimbee,

        I had thought Black Cohosh was more for helping with the hot night sweats, but is it helping your friend’s low moods?

        I live in South West Wales and would like to meet others for more socialising and hoping to make this a reality from this site but not much response at present.

        • Bimbee69 6th June 2021 at 10:54 pm

          Hi Sunshine. She said she was at the point she tried everything so cannot pinpoint. Maybe just chatting with like minded people might help 🙄

    • Cowanr 1st June 2021 at 6:06 pm

      Try and do some exercise that you enjoy, walking, dancing, anything that’s fairly physically demanding. I found that really help. I have also heard about Black Cohosh didn’t use it myself but know others that swear by it

      • Sunshine 5th June 2021 at 12:10 am

        Hello Cowanr,

        I do have daily walks to help my mental and physically well being. I have a lot of personal stress matters to contend with also which is helpful with having walks more in nature.

    • PEANUTS 1st June 2021 at 6:18 pm

      I take St John’s wort and a pro biotic which seem to help. I’ve been reading up about menopace and that seems to have good reviews but I’ve not tried it personally. For me my low moods seem to be worse when my diet is poor, I don’t exercise and I don’t see friends. Talking about how I feel helps too, then it loses its power.

    • Sunshine 5th June 2021 at 12:15 am

      Hello Peanuts,

      How much St Johns wort do you take daily? I have started taking probiotics recently. I am not able to use menopace as have a mirena fitted, though considering having this removed but works as the progesterone with the estrogen in my hrt gel. Glad you know what helps improve your moods.

      • Rach-ThisGirlCan. 29th June 2021 at 1:04 pm

        Why can’t you use menopace and mirena coil ?
        I have more a M coil and take menopace plus , along side turmeric and black pepper , vit d , calcium and EFA … , rattle when I walk 🤣🤣
        I try and do short brisk walk and 10 mins of head space before work every morning

        Defo talk to gp for support and help though – mine were great eith telephone consults over past 18 months xx

        • Sunshine 31st January 2022 at 1:42 am

          It was because of the estrogenic action that I read recently. Sorry for late reply and not been on the site for a long while. They are good supplements you are additionally taking. Glad you GP is supportive and it is more me guiding the GPs and researching myself than having the support and information.

    • BettyB 5th June 2021 at 8:07 am

      Hello I am still struggling a bit with this, 16 years after the menopause! I have tried St John’s Wort and other herbal remedies, but they didn’t seem to help. I have looked at yoga specifically for this problem and am going to start this today so have fingers crossed!

      • Sunshine 6th June 2021 at 12:18 am

        Betty that is an awfully long time to be still struggling and what symptoms are most affecting you?

        • BettyB 6th June 2021 at 7:39 am

          I Know! I had no idea! Still have hot flushes, mood fluctuations (low mood, anxiety, then a bit manic!). No one talks about this stuff so all a bit of a shock…

        • Sunshine 6th June 2021 at 10:30 pm

          Have you considered biodentical hrt gel/patches and going to see your doctor about this?. What other herbal remedies have you tried as can suggest some. This is the place to chat about it and what you mean nobody talks about this stuff?

        • Deleted User 27th June 2021 at 5:49 pm

          I think women need to be a lot more open about their issues with the menopause, it’s still a taboo subject and it shouldn’t be,
          You have been suffering a long time, you can still have HRT, check out the menopause doctor website.,

    • Daisyroots 5th June 2021 at 8:30 am

      Rhodiola helped me enormously with quelling anxiety. I took 2 tablets in the morning. I noticed an improvement after about 3 days.
      Re st John’s wart……..star flower has more of the good stuff. If you wanted to go the natural root with this herb, it’s borage. It’s known as the female health plant. You can eat the flowers and the stalk can be used like cucumber. It’s a self seeding plant so once planted will look after itself.
      I tried black cohosh and it really didn’t suit me……made me feel like I was outside myself……strange, strange feeling!

    • Daisyroots 6th June 2021 at 9:59 am

      2 of these ones – I took them first thing in the morning.

      • Sunshine 6th June 2021 at 10:34 pm

        Thank you Daisyroots, as my adaptogen mix has a much lower dose of Rhodiola. Though lifting more my low moods is what I am working on and currently have a lot of personal stress which is difficult coping together.

    • Deleted User 6th June 2021 at 10:33 pm

      I have tried everything from Boots and Holland and Barrett – but I got results from Rhodiola within days. I did not want to take prescription medication so these are ideal for me. Anxiety started with the menopause. Now I can control it.

    • Deleted User 27th June 2021 at 5:47 pm

      Does anybody know if you can take Rhodiola with HRT? I am on Hrt but my anxiety has got a lot worse this last week, the doctor has said I should take anti-depressants but that they will make me feel worse before better, I really can’t feel any worse.
      The anxiety rises from no where and I am really struggling

    • FlorenceA 27th June 2021 at 5:56 pm

      St John’s wort is a well known remedy for low moods and depression however it makes you vulnerable to the sun. Do wear sunglasses on sunny days and suncream.

    • Krissy1956 27th June 2021 at 6:11 pm

      Hi sunshine,I feel for you! It’s not something we can avoid unfortunately the mood swings and hot flushes were the most miserable part for myself,I started yoga, Pilates and meditation I found this to be helpful, I’m not 💯 sure but I think it carries on for quite a few years but not as severe I do still have the odd hot flush and definitely mood swings from 20yrs ago🤔 good luck trying to find your place of peace 🙂

    • Lizzi G 27th June 2021 at 6:20 pm