Euphoric states quickly followed by an uncontrollable crying. Sudden attacks of anger that turn into sadness. Many women would agree that menopausal mood swings can significantly disturb their life. They are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, along with hot flashes or fatigue, and there are ways to manage them. Read to learn everything you need to know about menopausal mood swings.
Every woman experiences menopause differently. Not all suffer from mood swings, but when they do, they typically report abrupt fluctuations in mood, which can include any of the following symptoms:
During menopause, the levels of the reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone, change drastically. Some women are more sensitive to those hormonal shifts and suffer from mood swings and other menopausal symptoms.
Science has shown that hormonal fluctuations can result in decreased levels of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that naturally stabilizes the mood and enhances happiness. Women with low serotonin levels report having more frequent mood changes, such as being more anxious, angry, and often overwhelmed by sadness.
Mood swings can be managed in several ways with or without pharmacological intervention. The most common treatments include:
Mood swings due to hormonal imbalance are not usually dangerous, and they fade away as soon as menopause is over. However, some women feel that their emotional imbalance prevents them from functioning normally and sometimes puts them at risk of substance abuse or even hurting themselves or others. You should always let your doctor know about extreme mood swings are out of control to ensure that they are not signaling a mental health illness, such as depression or bipolar disorder.Women commonly experience hormone-triggered mood swings at many stages during their lifetime, starting in their teens through their reproductive years until menopause. Science does not understand why some women are more prone to mood swings than others, but it is estimated that almost 75% experience them during menopause. A combination of several management strategies usually brings relief to most women and enables them to restore their emotional balance.
A better understanding of how your body works will help you cope with hormonal fluctuations.
Detecting symptoms of hormonal imbalance can prevent you from developing serious conditions.
Implement simple lifestyle changes and natural approaches to prevent, manage, and relieve symptoms.