Menopause and Panic Attacks

A large number of women experience increase in panic attacks during perimenopause and during menopause period. The most common symptoms experienced during and after the panic attacks are, racing heart beats, breathing difficulties, unusual intense energy, rushes of energy, electric currents, hot prickly sensations, vibrations, ice cold and tingly sensations, among others. Studies have shown that menopausal women do not get long-term relief from the symptoms of panic, even after Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

Hormone imbalances that occur during perimenopause and menopause could be the cause of panic attacks. These imbalances do create an environment, where you have an increased vulnerability to panic attacks and anxiety disorders. Although hormones may catalyze panic attacks, they are not the direct cause for it. To eliminate such panic attacks during menopause, you need not to take any medications for it. Women who experience panic attacks during menopause:

  • Breathe rapidly and shallowly
  • Hardly make use of the diaphragm in breathing
  • Breathe with the muscles of the chest, neck and shoulders

Understanding Panic Attacks It is only in the last decade or so that explanations of panic attacks have come forth. With the onset of menopause, feeling that something ‘bad’ is about to happen, many women suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. The hormonal changes not only affect the menstrual cycle and the changing body, they also affect the mind, spirit and emotions of the menstrual women.

The feelings of anxiety tend to focus on the environment of fear and dread. All sufferers of panic attacks have one thing in common, they do not breathe properly. In fact, they breathe about twice a fast as normal breathers. You are calmly reading a book or sitting in front of the TV, when suddenly, out of the blue, your heart rate accelerates, and you experience panic and terror for no reason. This is what you suffer during panic attacks. Sometimes you suffer persistent periods of panic attacks. In fact, the sudden onslaught of a panic attack may raise concerns about another attack coming through, and this may exhibit significant behavioral changes in you.

A panic attack strikes suddenly, and like the waves at the beach, peaks and ebbs. The intense physical sensations that accompany a panic attack may make you think that you may be suffering a heart attack! Generally, your response to such attacks is always negative, and you always assume the worst.

Younger post-menopausal women are more prone to panic attacks. There are ways to avoid this unfortunate and unnecessary experience. As a women going through menopause, you will be aware that panic attacks are possible. As you are forewarned, train yourself to no longer fear the thought of a panic attack. Too simplistic? Try, and surprise yourself.

Your first panic attack may make you think that all is over. Do not let panic stalk you forever. No type of medication will get you out of it. Do not get into the loop of panic where you wait for another attack to happen.


  1. ''No type of medication will get you out of it.''

    This is inaccurate. Taking a benzodiazepine will prevent a panic attack although it's not a good idea to take them for more than 2 / 3 weeks as they are addictive. Sometimes benzodiazepines can 'break' the cycle of panic………

  2. Hormone Replacement Therapy stopped my panic symptoms in their tracks.

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Cathy Lee Taylor

Cathy's passion for the internet, as well as her own transition into peri-menopause, was the impetus to create her first website Everything Menopause. She writes often regarding menopause and issues that concern women at mid-life including healing the mind, body and emotions.

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