Friday, April 06, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Menopause is a natural occurrence wherein menstruation stops in women. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. However, menopause can also occur before the age of 40. Menopause can be purposefully induced by drugs for medical reasons or prematurely caused by surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other drugs, or caused by other certain illnesses. Two of the most common signs and symptoms of menopause are hormone fluctuations and mood swings. Other signs and symptoms of menopause include irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, weight gain and slowed metabolism, thinning hair and dry skin, and loss of breast fullness.
One of the signs that menopause is approaching is when hormone fluctuations begin. Hormone fluctuations are often characterized by changes in the menstrual cycle that vary from longer or shorter cycles to completely irregular menstrual patterns. This stage is called the perimenopause that can often be accompanied by mood swings and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Hormone fluctuations are associated to a corresponding imbalance in the levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the nervous system that helps promote feelings of happiness and well-being. It also helps prevent anxiety and depression, and promote feelings of hope, peace, optimism, and relaxation. An imbalance in the levels of serotonin can lead to changes in mood and emotions. Low serotonin levels may cause distress and high emotions, sleeplessness, anger, panic attacks, headaches, anxiety, and even certain cravings. Serotonin levels also influence other symptoms of menopause including hot flashes and sleep deprivation resulting in tiredness and fatigue.
Mood swings can be described as sudden, severe changes in mood that leads to radical and extreme shifts in emotions. Mood swings during perimenopause is caused by hormonal imbalance. Women undergoing mood swings may experience aggression, sadness, sudden severe extremes in mood, stress, anxiety, gloom and doom, nervousness, impatience, depression and irritability, general lack of motivation, and depression. (Related: Are Thyroid and Endocrine Imbalances Causing Your Depression and Mood Swings?)
Listed below are some herbal treatments for hormone fluctuations and mood swings in women.
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