Possible Causes of Low Energy in Women
Do you feel fatigued, sluggish, or less energetic than normal? A wide variety of medical and nonmedical conditions could be to blame. As women’s health physicians, our team is revealing possible causes of low energy in women in today’s blog post.
What Causes Low Energy in Women?
If your day-to-day activities cause you to feel unusually tired, there might be other factors at play. Below are the most common causes of low energy in women:
Menstruation is one of the major causes of low energy in women. During her period, a woman’s estrogen levels drop, which reduces her level of neurotransmitters (including dopamine and serotonin). Those neurotransmitters are responsible for maintaining healthy energy levels.
During menopause, a woman’s hormone levels fluctuate. Hormonal changes can cause her energy levels to drop, as well as other symptoms like night sweats and hot flashes.
Additionally, fatigue is one of the tell-tale signs of an underactive thyroid (aka hypothyroidism). Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include cold sensitivity, depression, weight gain, and joint and muscle pain.
Another cause of low energy in women is depression. Depression is a common mental health illness associated with feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, sadness, and/or emptiness. Women are twice as likely as men to develop depression. Additionally, those who suffer from depression report trouble sleeping, which further contributes to a lack of energy.
Chronic stress is also associated with feelings of fatigue or energy loss. Additionally, stress can disrupt one’s sleeping patterns and increase the risk of insomnia.
Women’s Health Practitioner in Northern Virginia
Are you struggling with unexplained energy loss? The qualified professionals at The Menopause Center are here for you. Dr. Hall and her team have a wealth of experience and interest in solving your gynecological and menopausal needs. Stop by our office or contact our team to schedule an appointment today.