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Mood Swings and Menopause

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Questions about mood swings and menopauseMy emotions are on a roller coaster. Are my mood swings related to menopause?


If you find yourself alternating between laughter, tears, screaming, and basically feeling completely out of control emotionally, you may start wondering about your sanity. Instead of being crazy, however, you may be dealing with perimenopause.

During the initial phase of menopause, your hormone levels can become very erratic. Your estrogen levels may increase, you may skip cycles or have extra ones, and the length of your cycle can change. All those changes can increase PMS or cause hormonal imbalance, leaving you with a number of symptoms, including mood swings.

Mood swings are rapid changes in mood, usually inappropriate for the trigger or situation. They can be excessive and abrupt, causing you to quickly switch from one mood to another. Without any warning, you may switch from laughter to tears, joy to anger, peaceful to anxious. It can be frustrating and confusing for you and everyone around you.

During perimenopause, you may also experience other symptoms that can contribute to mood swings. These can include hot flashes, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and problems sleeping. If you are also dealing with stressful life situations or other changes in your life, they, too, can contribute to your fluctuating moods.

If you have had issues with PMS or PMDD in the past, you could be more likely to experience mood swings during menopause. Exercising, eating well, managing stress, nurturing your inner self, and considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help you manage the mood swings and minimize the roller coaster of emotions during menopause.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-30-2015 - 03:50 PM


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