Perimenopausal and more stressed or blue than usual? New study shows it’s common

/Perimenopausal and more stressed or blue than usual? New study shows it’s common

Perimenopausal and more stressed or blue than usual? New study shows it’s common

If you’re going through perimenopause–the stage before menopause when your hormones and menstrual cycle get a bit unpredictable–there’s something you should know: According to a new study in the journal Menopause, the hormone fluctuations you experience during this transitional time can increase your anger and irritability, make you more sensitive to social rejection and increase your stress response to psychosocial stressors–which are difficult major life events, such as losing your job, divorce or bereavement–that can then lead to depression.

The researchers point out that these emotional symptoms don’t occur in all perimenopausal women–likely just those sensitive to this hormonal upheaval. But, if they occur in you during this life stage, talk with your healthcare provider about it since there are treatments that can help you reduce hostility, stave off depression and enjoy a better overall mood.

[Photo: Ivana Vasilj]

 

By | 2018-09-09T13:05:30+00:00 May 6th, 2016|hormonology tip, perimenopause|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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