While going through perimenopause and menopause, women experience physical and emotional changes, which can include mood changes, irritability, or even depression.1, 2, 3, 4 It’s not uncommon for your mood to change quickly, laughing one moment and crying the next.
Menopause is normal, and most women will experience it between the ages of 45 and 55.4 This may coincide with navigating a career, motherhood, and relationship changes, all of which can cause stress, anxiety, or depression.5
During perimenopause and menopause, estrogen levels drop, which can cause hot flashes, leading to irritability and mood changes.2, 3, 4, 6 Keep in mind that not all changes in mood are a result of changing hormones, so if you’re concerned about your mental health, seek professional help.5
Here are a few ways to keep a check on your mental wellbeing:
While menopause is natural and may not require treatment, doctors do sometimes recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that can have a positive impact on your mood. If you’re unable to use HRT, a low dose of antidepressants can also help.6
Use this questionnaire to monitor your menopause symptoms and take it with to discuss with your doctor.