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Mood Swings: a Perimenopause Symptom

Perimenopause is the stage leading up to menopause. Due to declining levels of estrogen, hormone levels become imbalanced and the first symptoms of menopause appear. Perimenopause can occur as early as your thirties and produce a number of symptoms, such as mood swings. However, there are many ways to treat perimenopausal mood swings and women should not despair.

Symptoms of perimenopausal mood swings

What Are the Symptoms of Perimenopausal Mood Swings?

Mood swings are sudden changes in emotional state, often from periods of happiness to depression. They can occur without warning or be a disproportionate response to a certain situation. During perimenopause, women experiencing mood swings may have some of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden bouts of sadness
  • An inability to concentrate
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irrational anger
  • Increased fatigue

Natural Ways to Treat Bad Mood Perimenopause Symptoms

There are many natural ways to treat perimenopause symptoms, including mood swings, such as:


Exercising releases endorphins which produce a “feel-good” emotion in the brain. Exercising between 3-5 hours per week can significantly improve your body's health and make you feel happier. Combining exercise with other relaxing activities, much as warm baths, meditation, or yoga can help release stress and tension in your body that may be contributing to mood swings.


Eating a healthy and balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, fiber, meat and dairy is important. A healthy body is the best way to fight mood swings and other symptoms. There are many quick and easy ways to eat a healthy and balanced diet on a regular basis; just plan ahead and always keep healthy snacks nearby.

Natural Supplements

There are several over-the-counter natural supplements that can help with mood swings. Natural supplements can help alleviate mood swings and other perimenopause symptoms. Always remember to investigate natural supplements available and their different side effects.

Other Ways

Some women also claim acupuncture can help balance and lessen the frequency and intensity of mood swings. Acupuncture has a long history of being used to relieve a number of ailments, and is commonly used by physical therapists for a variety of reasons. Try looking up a registered acupuncturist near you.

Depending on the underlying cause and severity of the mood swings, your doctor may be able to prescribe you medication.

More Information

If your perimenopausal mood swings persist and become too disruptive, consult a doctor. Mood swings are a sign of a variety of other chemical imbalances, and should be assessed properly.

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