Menopause and Mood Changes

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Women have long been labeled “moody” and “hormonal,” related to the symptoms they experience due to their menstrual cycle. But as you approach perimenopause – the transition phase between menstruating and menopause – your emotions and moods can be affected even more acutely.

Swift shifts in mood and uncharacteristic feelings of irritability, anxiety, sadness or depression may occur and, at times, even the depth of emotion may be confusing or seem disproportionate to the situation.

Such changes often result from alterations in your body’s mood-regulating processes which involve levels of progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and melatonin along with insulin, leptin, and thyroid resistance. Progesterone serves to balance your estrogen levels and when there’s a decline, estrogen begins to dominate the system which can trigger symptoms of weight gain, insomnia, sleep disruptions, increasingly painful periods, anxiety and depression.

Research suggests there is a proven connection between declining hormone levels and depression, irritability, and anxiety.

Researchers have found higher levels of proteins linked to depression in perimenopausal women, along with insufficient serotonin and norepinephrine, some of the “happiness hormones.” As such, menopausal women are more at risk for developing depression, and one in five women say they suffer from depression.

Those with early-onset menopause (due to hysterectomy or other conditions that trigger hormonal changes), a history of fewer period cycles, or more incidents of hot flashes are at even greater risk. Increased anxiety surfaces as well and women who have never felt nervous, anxious or worried can have panic attacks for the first time or notice a marked increase in the number of attacks. The majority of perimenopausal women, some 70%, state irritability as the most prevalent mood alteration, finding they are more easily aggravated or frustrated.

Low estrogen can lead to insomnia, exacerbate fatigue, and in turn, affect cognitive functions like memory, focus, and concentration. Nutrition, sleep and exercise habits, environmental and personal stressors, and genetic make-up and predisposition all contribute to mood changes, too.

Our certified Life professionals can assess your current biochemistry, physical fitness, nutritional status, as well as your genetic disposition to depression, anxiety, and other health concerns to identify how fluctuating emotions are affecting you.

Our comprehensive, customized approach using hormonal optimization, nutritional supplements, and fitness and dietary plans can help you reestablish your emotional balance and enjoy a healthier, more fulfilling life.