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Why Does Your Menstrual Cycle Cause Mood Swings?

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Gina Hodge

Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

Apart from the physical changes a woman experiences during her menstrual cycle, there are emotional turbulences that make it a real roller coaster ride of feelings for everyone involved. Things look bright and sunny one day and on other days trivial matters drive her up the ceiling.

Researchers attribute most of the spikes and troughs to the fluctuations in the hormone estrogen, which the body produces to prepare the body for conception. Estrogen has a direct bearing on the “feel good” mood regulating neurotransmitter, serotonin (increasing its production and sensitivity) that explains the highs of chirpiness and lows of depression that most women goes through every month.

Apart from the hormonal changes, physical disturbances (majorly arising from hormonal imbalances) like poor health, cramps, bloating, cravings, sore breasts, weight gain, migraines, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue can cause or intensify irritability, mood swings, depression, and other psychological disturbances.

If you add the emotional stresses like overwork, stress, and lack of social support, it can wreak havoc in a woman’s sense of well being and balance. Understanding a woman going through these times is vitally important to make the process natural and non-stressful. Women should eat a healthy diet, exercise, take supplement and rest properly to avoid moods from getting out of hand and to accept the changes naturally.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.