All about each symptom of menopause
women going through menopause

Headaches and Mood Swings

They are two of the most debilitating symptoms of menopause. When experienced individually they can be a pain, but when suffered together they can affect quality of life. The following article outlines the causes for them and provides some solutions for overcoming them.

What Are Headaches and Mood Swings?

Mood Swings

Characterized as drastic changes in emotional state from periods of euphoria to depression, mood swings can affect emotions, attitude, and temper for inexplicable reasons. Many factors influence a person's emotional and psychological stability. One should be aware of the warning signs and symptoms of mood swings in order to manage them.

Mood swings resulting from menopause are instigated by lowered levels of estrogen. Estrogen directly affects the serotonin levels which regulate a person's mood.

Headaches

mood-swings-vessels

Headaches and migraines are similarly influenced by hormones. The two main hormones that control a woman's menstrual cycle (estrogen and progesterone) affect the blood vessels in the brain. Estrogen dilates blood vessels and progesterone constricts them. It is the process of dilation and constriction that affects the blood flow to the brain and cause headaches.

What Can Provoke Headaches and Mood Swings?

In addition to the hormone fluctuations during menopause, there are multiple factors that can increase a woman's chance of experiencing them. For example, other symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes or night sweats, can disturb sleep, cause fatigue, and increase stress levels; provoking migraines and irritability.

What Is the Good News about Headaches and Mood Swings?

Recent research has shown that women who suffer more from them during the perimenopause stage are more likely to see symptoms lessen in severity and frequency as menopause progresses.

How Can I Manage My Headaches and Mood Swings?

It's important to balance hormone levels to help lessen the intensity and occurrence of headaches and mood swings.

The most basic and often effective approach to combating them is to maintain a healthy body by eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Click on the following link in order to evaluate mood swings treatments currently available.

Understanding Menopause: Mood Swings and Irritability

Mood swings and irritability can be managed in a variety of ways. Read on to learn more about what causess these menopause symptoms.

How Do I Cope with My Mom's Menopausal Mood Swings

Menopause will cause hormonal fluctuations, which result in uncomfortable symptoms like mood swings. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with her mood swin

Can Fish Help during Menopausal Mood Swings?

Fish, a staple in many diets, is consumed worldwide because of it is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Fish has several...

Sources:
  • The Health Center.(n.d)."Adult Mood Swings".Retrieved from www.thehealthcenter.info.
  • Dr. Love, Susan, and Karen Lindsey. Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • Amin, Zenab, Turhan Canli, and C. Neill Epperson. "Effects of Estrogen-Serotonin Interactions on Mood and Cognition". Behav Cogn Neurosci Rev 2005; 4; 43.
  • Molecular Psychiatry.(n.d)."Estrogen Promotes Gender Difference in Brain's Response to Stress".Retrieved from www.psycheducation.org.