Mood Swings

Menopause can prompt moderate to severe mood swings turning a woman’s emotions into a pendulum.

What causes mood swings during menopuase?

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 symptoms – such as hot flushes, night sweats, physical changes, and fatigue – can cause or intensify mood swings, but these symptoms are generally caused by hormonal imbalance as well.

Risk factors for mood swings in menopause

While mood swings are a common symptom of menopause, several factors can increase the likelihood that a woman will experience mood swings during menopause. These factors include;

Psychological factors

  • past mental illness
  • stress
  • past trauma
  • relationship issues
  • coping with change

Behavioural factors

  • smoking
  • alcohol consumption
  • poor diet
  • inadequate exercise
  • stimulant use

Health-related factors

  • diabetes
  • thyroid disease
  • heart disease
  • sleep disorders