Twice as many women as men will experience some form of depression in their lifetime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. The transition to menopause—known as perimenopause and marked by one full year without menstruation—is a common time for depression to manifest.

Research shows that depression can occur during perimenopause, in part, due to fluctuating levels of ovarian hormones, with declining estrogen levels being the biggest culprit. Yet, perimenopausal depression is still an