If your mood swings are off the charts – Perimenopause could be the culprit. Perimenopause symptoms speak loudly! This is the time women feel the most emotional distress.
Perimenopause is the hormonal transition that takes place before a woman stops menstruating (before Menopause). It is a challenging time as perimenopause often lasts for years on end, and your estrogen level fluctuates from high to low, and back to high again. This creates a set of inconsistent and very upsetting physical and emotional symptoms and behaviors – like mood swings that are off the charts!
During this phase called perimenopause, your calming hormone progesterone is also at a lower level than normal. You may still have a monthly period, but it comes a few days closer together (23-25 days instead of 28), with a heavier flow than in the past.
Your estrogen is also fluctuating up and down like a yo-yo. Every time it drops, your brain neurotransmitter serotonin also drops. This is the neurotransmitter that gives you a feeling of peace and calm. So, your serotonin drops, causing symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and low libido. Along with the drop comes a craving for carbohydrates and alcohol.