Q11. What are mood swings?

A11. These are a common menopause symptom which occurs due to fluctuating hormone levels.

They are often the first sign of the menopause and are described as a ‘roller coaster’in that they have a habit of swinging from good to bad mood within an instant.

Mood swings include anger, irritability, anxiety and depression. They usually occur as a result of hormone changes but they can often be a result of a lack of sleep due to night sweats.

If you have experienced a few nights of broken sleep then it is normal to feel tired, bad tempered and irritable the following day.

Stress also causes mood swings.

Find out more in our menopause symptoms section.


Menopause FAQs

  1. What is the menopause?
  2. What age do you start the menopause?
  3. What is a ‘premature menopause?’
  4. What is the ‘perimenopause?’
  5. What is the ‘premenopause?’
  6. What are symptoms of the menopause?
  7. Can you become pregnant whilst going through the menopause?
  8. Why do you put on weight during the menopause?
  9. What are hot flushes?
  10. My mother started the menopause at the age of 46, will I do the same?
  1. What are mood swings?
  2. Why do women lose interest in sex during the menopause?
  3. Can you still be sexually active after the menopause?
  4. Why do women fear the menopause?
  5. What is HRT?
  6. Why is there so much controversy around HRT?
  7. What treatment is available for the menopause?
  8. How likely am I to develop osteoporosis?
  9. How long does the menopause last?
  10. What is the ‘postmenopause?’

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