Could your hormones be affecting your moods? The answer is, yes! I see so many women in my practice that are dealing with hormone imbalances that are contributing to their mood changes. When I’m reviewing symptoms and lifestyle factors with my patients, I always ask them about their cycles. Often women explain that it’s like a switch that turns off in their brain during the back half of their cycle, the last two weeks. Instead of being happy, they’re feeling agitated, irritated, and moody. They feel like there isn’t much that they can do to adjust for it except just wait until their period resets things again.
Why do I have these mood changes?
Often, cyclical changes in moods can be related to a hormone imbalance. When your hormones are out of balance, it is more common that your progesterone levels are too low relative to your estrogen levels. If this is the case, it could be due to estrogen dominance. If this is left untreated and you go through menopause in an estrogen dominant state you might:
- be more symptomatic during menopause
- experience more mood swings
- have at a greater risk for certain female cancers
It is really important to get on top of this now, even if moods are your only symptom at this point. You really want to make sure that you don’t end up having other issues down the road because you haven’t dealt with this.
Although consistent mood changes during your cycle can be a result of a hormone imbalance, sometimes this is a sign that there are other systems out of balance in your body. Your mood definitely can be related to the hormonal system, however, it also can be related to the levels of neurotransmitters being produced in the gut. These neurotransmitters allow us to feel good, calm, regulated, and motivated. If your gut is not functioning properly chances are there could be inflammation in the gut and possibly some imbalances in your immune system. This can actually put you at risk for a host of other conditions including autoimmune diseases. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have your gut evaluated to address any underlying issues.
When your moods are affecting your life
The reality is that if you are dealing with mood changes on an ongoing monthly basis it probably is affecting several aspects of your life. Maybe you’re noticing that it’s affecting your relationships with your spouse, children, and perhaps even coworkers. In addition, you are at a greater risk for developing more health issues in the future if left untreated.
Watch my full video on Hormones & Mood Changes to learn more:
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