20 September 2017

Menopause and Mood Swings | “My husband wants me to get my hormones checked”

Mood Swings during Menopause

Menopause can be a rollercoaster ride for many women - up one day, down theMood Swings and Menopause next! Or up one moment and down the next may be more accurate! You may find your children more annoying than usual or you might fall apart if your eggs are not prepared correctly. Commercials can seem particularly heart wrenching and husbands can be overwhelmingly frustrating. Sometimes the slightest thing will make you blow your top, into a fit of fury! Though you may feel (and act) out of control, you are actually experiencing one of the most common symptoms of menopause; mood swings.

Mood swings have a certain flair for making you feel completely undone. Your emotions may be so out of whack that you may not even know whether you should be happy or angry in unsure situations! Though you probably feel like you are completely bananas, actually, more than 15% of women experience similar emotional complications during menopause. But that doesn’t change the fact that mood swings can be exasperating, not only for you, but for your family members as well. Fortunately, there are a number of effective ways to deal with moods swings, from botanical supplements to exercise and diet changes.

Natural Ways to Head-Off Mood Swings During Menopause

Sleep-Menopausal women may experience sleep problems due to physical symptoms including as hot flashes and night sweats. Lack of sleep causes daytime fatigue, cantankerousness and lack of attention, so it is important to address sleep problems as they come about. To manage night-time hot flashes, avoid things like caffeine, alcohol, large meals and spicy foods. Wear clothing made from light fabrics like thin cotton, and choose bedding that also consists of cotton rather than synthetic fibers. A fan may help keep the room cool. If night sweats are severe, consult your family doctor, who may recommend Menopausal Hormone Therapy, or MHT.

Nutrition-Doctors and nutritionists recommends that menopausal women eat a diet that is rich in B vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids. A dietary lack of these essential nutrients may contribute to mood swings and depression. Whole grain foods, lean meat and lentils contain a range of B vitamins. Oily fish, like salmon and sardines, and flax seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Exercise-Regular aerobic activity of moderate intensity may help to lift a depressed mood because it sets off production of mood-boosting brain chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins. Regular exercise may help counteract weight gain which may improve mood by helping women maintain a positive body image. Exercise may also help to reduce incidents of hot flashes and may also help to improve deeper sleep.

Psychological Support-Some women feel lonely and isolated around the time of menopause due to factors like children leaving home, or as a result of stresses imposed by idleness or aging parents. It is important to seek comfort and advice from supportive a family member or a close friend, or healthcare professionals, or from other women who have gone through menopause. Psychological support helps women realize that a frequently depressed mood is not absurd, abnormal or inappropriate. You may feel more relaxed and more able to manage your mood swings when you understand that a depressed mood is a commonplace and only a temporary consequence of a natural physiological change in life’s’ transitions.

So when your husband tells you it’s time to have your hormones checked, he may have a point.  But remember that this is a life status not a loss.  This is a stepping stone to a precious time in your life.  With proper care and nutrition in your lifestyle, these issues can be minimalized and somewhat controlled.

For further information regarding menopause and possible hormone replacement, call Dr. Joanne Hinson at 801-364-4030.

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Passionate about her vision. Treating women as people, respecting their value as females, and as people.

25 years of OB/GYN experience, acting as the only doctor for most of her patients , treating other medical needs as well.

Emphasizes a partnership with the patient in her health care, strongly advocating her responsibility in her health.

Focused, nonjudgemental listener, effective communicator and educator.

Considers the patient's overall health, mental state, and social issues as possible factors contributing to her present problems.

Considers the female body as a whole, not just the pelvic region.

Committed to staying current with changing guidelines and treatment options.

Continuously updating skills with emphasis on minimally invasive and in-office procedures.

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For 25 years Dr. Joanne S. Hinson has provided compassionate healthcare to the women of Salt Lake City, Utah and beyond. From puberty to menopause, Dr Hinson provides the best personalized GYN services… caring for the whole woman.

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