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I Have Menopausal Mood Swings. What Do They Mean?

What you need to know is what mood swings are, how they are triggered and if it is possible to stop them completely. Alongside, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, night sweats, and irregular periods are common during menopause. Read on for more about mood swings.

Why Do I Have Mood Swings?

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Defined by extreme fluctuations in your mood during the unpleasant stage of menopause, mood swings are an inappropriate reaction that can put a strain on relationships and make your work day more stressful. Nearly half of all menopausal women suffer from them and, in the main, this is because of a fluctuation in hormones that comes as a result of this transition.

This can be troubling for women, and symptoms to look out for include: unexplainable emotions, sadness, lowered motivation, aggression, anxiety, low patience, nervousness, melancholy, and irritability. Knowing the symptoms can lead to a better perspective, but you need to know beforehand what causes this.

What Triggers Mood Swings?

It is the imbalance of estrogen to testosterone that is the biggest issue for mood swings and, to make matters worse, it can be other menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and fatigue lead to mood swings. Daily triggers are split into three main sections:

Psychological factors

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This is something in the mind such as stress, relationship troubles, trauma, mental illness, and difficulty adapting to change.

Behavioral factors

These are avoidable reasons for mood swings and include: caffeine and alcohol abuse, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and medications.

Health factors

Often, these are unavoidable, but include: early menopause, sleep disorders, diabetes, thyroid problems, heart disease, cancer, and lupus.

Can I Stop Mood Swings?

Mood swings are disruptive and can be worrying for woman, her friends, and her family, but there are ways of doing everything you can to lower the chances of mood swings episodes, if not stop them completely.

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The first thing to do is to try and avoid caffeine and sugars, these all give you a boost and then a crash. Instead, you should eat nuts and seeds. Secondly, remove the greasy foods and swap them with mini meals throughout the day that include plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially bananas and pears. Add some exercise and a hormone-regulating herbal supplement (such as Macafem) and you may well be on your way to stopping mood swings and getting your life back in order.

How Does Birth Control Affect My Mood Swings?

Women are more likely to become severely depressed if they are taking hormonal contraceptive. Read on to find out more.

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.

Does a Chunk of Chocolate a Day Keep Mood Swings at Bay?

It turns out that consuming a little bit of dark chocolate can actually help alleviate mood swing symptoms. Learn how here.

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