Tiredness, weariness, anger, and frustration are very common emotions for women to feel as they approach the end of their menstrual cycle. Often known as mood swings, and sometimes heavy mood swings, chemicals in your body are responsible for most women's experience of extreme fluctuations in mood during this time. Only 15% of women manage to avoid mood swings and 20% of women experience heavy to severe mood swings.
What Are Heavy Mood Swings?
Mood swings are abrupt changes to a woman's emotional state from periods of euphoria to depression. The most common signs and symptoms are feelings of uneasiness, discomfort, irritability, quick changing emotional states, and emotional outbursts. Here is a list of common physical problems:
- Changes in appetite - Many women find that they want to snack on salty and fatty or sweet and fatty snacks.
- Sleep problems and fatigue - You may sleep too much or too little
- Changes in weight
Here is a list of psychological problems:
- Stress or heavy amount of tension and anxiety
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Difficulty concentrating
Mood swings can make it difficult to deal with normal everyday situations but it's worth remembering that you are not alone in experiencing them.
Why Do Heavy Mood Swings Happen?
Did You Know?
There are four different phases in the menstrual cycle. The period of menstruation begins in the follicular cycle (3rd) and ends in the ovulation Cycle (4th). During the 2nd and 3rd cycles there is a change in hormone levels and often a decrease of a chemical called Allopregnanollone, which reduces anxiety. These hormone changes can significantly affect the body.
Prior to menstruation, the body undergoes hormone changes as it prepares to dispel an egg from the body. Shifts in hormones like estrogen and progesterone are needed by the uterus to contract the egg, release it, and prepare the body for a new menstrual cycle.
It is important to recognize that this process is important for the body. It protects it from infection and keeps the body healthy. Unfortunately, it does also change hormone levels and put extra stress on the body, which result in mood swings.
It might be useful to keep a log of feelings and pains you feel prior to menstruation. About seven to ten days prior to menstruation, keep track of how you feel and try to identify what type of symptoms you have. Keep track of your emotions, duration, frequency, and what may have triggered you to feel that way.
Treatment for Heavy Mood Swings
The menstrual cycle is a normal process, but it can produce uncomfortable symptoms like heavy mood swings.
It is important to make sure your body is as healthy as possible so that you can lessen the effect of mood swings. Try maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and sleeping for at least seven hours a night. Taking time for yourself and not letting the stress pile up will prevent matters from getting worse.
There are also alternative medicine on the market. These include some herbal remedies that can help alleviate symptoms of mood swings.
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