Mood swings during menopause are very common and are often linked to declining hormone production. Both estrogen and progesterone levels fall dramatically in menopause. Changes in these hormone levels can cause physical and emotional symptoms because the directly influence serotonin levels. Low levels of serotonin are linked to feelings of sadness and irritability, trouble sleeping, and unusual food cravings.
Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, sleep cycle, appetite, and digestion. It’s mostly produced in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, but also in the brainstem. Its role in preventing or causing symptoms of PMS, especially the psychological ones, is not fully understood.
If you think you’re experiencing mood swings related to your menstrual cycle, hormone replacement therapy might be the answer for you. Learn more about this option by clicking on the link below and talk to one of our menopause specialists.