Symptoms in Detail
Menopause can prompt moderate to severe mood swings...
...turning a woman's emotions into a pendulum.
What causes mood swings during menopause?
Mood swings during menopause are caused largely by the hormonal transitions women go through during this time.
Hormones, such as estrogen, influence the production of serotonin, which is a mood-regulating neurotransmitter.
Additionally, other menopause signs – such as hot flushes, night sweats, physical changes, and fatigue – can cause or intensify mood swings, but these signs are generally caused by hormonal imbalance as well.
Risk factors for mood swings in menopause
While mood swings are a common sign of menopause, several factors can increase the likelihood that a woman will experience mood swings during menopause. These factors include;
- past mental illness
- past trauma
- relationship issues
- coping with change
- alcohol consumption
- poor diet
- inadequate exercise
- stimulant use
- thyroid disease
- heart disease
- sleep disorders