WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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to her gynecologist, she confessed her panic attacks. Her gynecologist told her that the last three menopausal patients she had seen that morning all mentioned the same thing. "I was completely flabbergasted," she says. "I would have never connected my anxiety with menopause." But mood swings and anxiety can be part of menopause's constellation of symptoms, resulting in some women feeling unusually short-tempered and/or weepy. The Wellesley mom's family never acknowledged her mood swings. "They were way too scared of me to even mention it," she says. How are menopausal women sleeping with all of these night sweats and anxiety? In short: not well. "My sleep is so much worse. I used to be able to put my head on the pillow and sleep through for eight solid hours," says the Wellesley mother. "Now I am lucky if I get six very broken hours." The physicians interviewed for this story concur. "I think the single most underreported and under treated symptom is sleep disturbance," says Dr. Margulies. "Women try to minimize it but it affects everything." Many women are loathe to "take something" for sleeplessness but Sharon Margulies tries to impress on her patients that the very low doses she prescribes coupled We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 with their efficacy makes a sleep agent or anti-anxiety medication an attractive choice. "Sometimes just knowing you have them in your cabinet is enough," she observes, "and if you do take them sporadically, it is not addictive and is enough to get you back to sleep." 132

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