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Menopause Symptoms

Menopause Symptoms Continued...

Mood Swings

This particular symptom is the one most men hope we women avoid. But unfortunately this is one of the more common symptoms with over 50% of women reporting mood swings.

Mood swings are when a person experiences an extreme or abrupt change in their mood.

It could be anything from irritability to anxiety.

Mood swings during menopause can cause women to break out into tears, become depressed or melancholy.

They may experience increased stress and anxiety and even lose lack of interest or become less patient.

Generally these mood swings occur between the ages of 45 and 55 during the stages of menopause.

The changing estrogen levels in a woman's body is the biggest contributor to this menopausal symptom.

According to medical research, estrogen plays a role in the production of serotonin.

Serotonin is also known as the mood regulating neurotransmitter.

cartoon of angry woman with husbandEstrogen effects the sensitivity of the serotonin receptor.

This increases the serotonin receptor levels and increases serotonin production.

Although the estrogen level is the primary cause for mood swings, they may also be caused by other symptoms.

Symptoms such as fatigue, stress, hot flashes, night sweats and physical changes to a woman's body can contribute to the different mood swings.

Other Menopause Symptoms

In addition to the common menopausal symptoms listed above, women will also experience many different changes. Some of these changes include;

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Hair Loss
  • Unwanted Facial Hair
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Memory Loss and Lack of Concentration
  • Light Headed, Dizzy, and Loss of Balance
Irritability, fatigue and trouble sleeping could also be due to lack of sleep caused by other symptoms such as night sweats.

As with most of the symptoms of menopause, hair loss and unwanted facial hair is primarily due to loss of estrogen.

In fact, the reduced levels of estrogen are a contributing factor to all of the above items a woman may experience.

Other changes you may experience include weight gain, incontinence, bloating, allergies, brittle nails, change in body odor, irregular heart beat, depression, anxiety and a sense of panic.  

Click here to read more about changes during menopause.

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