FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 — Emotional abuse may add to the woes of menopause, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that women who are emotionally tormented by a spouse or partner may suffer from more night sweats, painful sex and hot flashes when their periods stop.
“The data show that experience of domestic violence and emotional abuse, sexual assault and clinically significant PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] symptoms are common, and may affect women’s health across the lifespan,” said lead author Carolyn Gibson. She’s a clinical research psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco.
“Traditionally, menopause symptoms have been largely attributed to biological and hormonal changes,” as well as negative mood, smoking and chronic health conditions such as obesity, Gibson explained in a university news release.
Now it seems that stress caused by emotional abuse or other trauma may play a role in hormonal changes that affect menopause, the study authors noted.