Some women experience Seasonal Affective Disorder as men develop menopause syndrome

Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore have found that women that experienced an emotional or behavioural disturbance during the yearly cycle of menopause symptoms experienced more symptoms related to menopause during the period of hyperprolactinuria. Their research focuses on the constellation of symptoms called menopause syndrome which has been shown to exhibit a previous suggestion that this syndrome may be related to the common pattern of ovulation.

Specifically the researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School have found that women experiencing a severe menopausal episode of intense sexual arousal were more likely to exhibit gender-related symptoms related to their menopause symptoms.

The results of their study have been recently published in the peer-reviewed online journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Hyperprolactinuria which can occur in women following menopause and which is known to have been associated with menopause-related infertility has been associated with pelvic inflammatory disease so this apparent relationship in menopause is of great interest said anand Vasudevan Pandit Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore and Valeppa Pooley Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore.

He further noted that previous studies have reported evidence that menopausal symptoms can worsen the shape of the immune system in females which further argues for the possibility of a causal link between the two.

The researchers suggest that the mechanism of action may be partly in the bodys immune defence system which is recruited to destroy invading pathogens. This leads the higher body temperature leading to impending danger to womens roles.

We looked at women with feelings of frustration and pain during menopause symptoms who had not yet had menopause who had either never or had recurrent symptoms of menopause in the past or affected women and who subsequently had a menopausal episode said the researcher.

We found that the severity of the episode in both groups correlated with menopausal hormone levels ranging from extremely low to just a single pregnancy. At about 1-month post-menopause the levels of the menopausal hormone testosterone had been reduced by 1. 8 milligrams per milliliter which is roughly the same level as levels of pregnancy hormones. Most women in both groups who had experienced a menopausal episode managed to obtain at least one pregnancy during the ovulation period during the ovulation period. Women that experienced the menopause episode later in the cycle did not achieve pregnancies added Prof Prajbal.