A Woman’s Right to the Blues: How occasional feelings of sadness may be attributed to hormonal fluctuations

by on October 21st, 2010 at 7:00 am

Hormones are involved in almost every function in the body, and fluctuations in these hormones happen in women from the time they start their first period in adolescence until well after their menopausal years. As women grow older, their bodies start to change and so do hormones; that’s why it is essential to understand how normal monthly hormone fluctuations can affect your quality of life.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) has a whopping 150 symptoms attributed to it, and 8 out of 10 women suffer at least some of these symptoms. For some women, symptoms of hormonal fluctuations during PMS, including mood swings, sleeplessness, decreased concentration, and joint discomfort, can lead to feelings of anxiety or even mild depression. These emotional and psychological changes that occur during PMS can be attributed to the fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone.

Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle can also add to feelings of the “blues” before your menstrual cycle. Try to eat 6 small meals per day instead of three to ensure elevated blood sugar levels, thus leading to elevated moods. Cut out the caffeine but add the herb Cramp bark, which helps reduce nervous tension and soothe common menstrual cramps.

Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms affect women differently; however, common symptoms include occasional bleeding through the menstrual cycle, achy joints, hot flashes, sweating, frequent urination, mild insomnia, vaginal dryness and night sweats. These symptoms could last anywhere from 8-10 years, while some women experience some or none of these symptoms at all. Along with the long line of physical symptoms perimenopause and menopause brings, emotional and psychological symptoms can also arise.

Symptoms like anxiousness, decreased concentration changes in sexual desire and mood swings are also very common. Mood swings may be one of the most frustrating symptoms for women during perimenopause and menopause; rapidly changing moods due to up and down estrogen and progesterone levels can lead to erratic behavior, therefore potentially causing feelings of guilt and depression. Natural ingredients such as Lemon balm and Chamomile can help to balance moods and ease tension.

Studies have shown that women are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to suffer from major depressive disorder than are men, and women appear to be especially vulnerable to mood disturbances during times of hormonal flux. Therefore, it is imperative you take the appropriate course of action to make sure to keep your emotions on track by including a well-balance diet, exercise and natural remedies into your daily life.

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4 Responses to “A Woman’s Right to the Blues: How occasional feelings of sadness may be attributed to hormonal fluctuations”

  1. Ashley

    Oct 22nd, 2010

    Great post!

  2. PG

    Oct 28th, 2010

    I’m not one to come on here and promote products but I wanted to take the time to say that Femalite REALLY WORKS!!! My boyfriend used to want to move out once a month but now he doesn’t even notice my monthly mood swings because they are gone! It’s great for him and even better for me. Feeling sad every 28 days wasn’t fun and thanks to Femalite I don’t have to. It’s also important to note that it works right away and doesn’t need to build up in your system or be taken other then on an as needed basis.

    • B. Chancey

      Oct 28th, 2010

      That’s great PG, thanks so much for taking the time to comment about your experience with Femalite…. wishing you many happy months ahead!

  3. Laura Kreiger, LCSW

    Nov 16th, 2010

    After having a baby, up to 80% of mothers experience some form of postpartum stress, anxiety, depression or obsessive thinking. In fact, the number one complication of childbirth is depression.

    Unfortunately, our culture makes it seem like every new mom should be in constant delight and joy when having a new baby. This can make women who do not feel this way think that something is wrong with them. However, it is much more common for women to have some of the following symptoms: tearfulness, fear something will happen to the baby, fear of hurting their baby, anxiety, obsessive or scary thoughts, exhaustion, irritability and fear that their husband or partner will leave them.

    Often, women who pride themselves on being an overachiever and being organized have an especially hard time when faced with the reality that it is impossible to be perfect at caring for a baby – there is so much that is now out of their control!

    Women can experience these symptoms at varying degrees and can be classified anywhere from “Baby Blues” to “Postpartum Depression”. Therapy for Postpartum issues is known to be very successful and can be brief. If you are experiencing any of these issues, come in and talk abut it – even if it feels hard to take time for yourself. It is what’s best for you and for your baby.

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