When we think of gynecology we usually think of annual exams, preventive care, planning families or accessing birth control, and helping with hormones when that life-change comes. It might seem odd that a gynecologist could help with symptoms of depression, but gynecology and mental health are more intertwined than you might think.
Your body has a delicate balance of hormones that enable a monthly cycle, allow pregnancy, and lead to menopause. Similarly, your body produces a balance of neurotransmitters (like serotonin) that keep your mind healthy. Hormones and neurotransmitters must work together to support the other, and when one becomes unbalanced, the other is affected. (A very common example of this is post-partum depression: after giving birth, estrogen levels plummet causing an imbalance that leads to severe depression in some women).
Our office commonly sees ladies who need help balancing their hormones. Because we understand the relationship between hormones and neurotransmitters, we may ask if you have any symptoms of depression. If so, we will need to treat the depression as well as the hormones so each system can support the other. The relationship between your brain and your reproductive system is quite extensive; we recommend watching some of Dr. Davis videos.
If you suffer from any of the following, let our staff know during your visit:
-extreme sadness or increased irritability
-no longer enjoying usual activities
-significant change in appetite
-abnormal changes in sleep patterns
-extreme fatigue or lack of energy
-inability to think clearly or concentrate
-difficulty letting go of emotions or “getting over” things
-panic attacks or extreme anxiety
-signs of low estrogen (hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, acne)
-current hormone therapy treatment is not improving your symptoms
-unexplained weight changes
-recurrent yeast infections or bladder infections