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