Mood swings are normal…everybody has them. But largely because women are perceived as “emotional” beings, their changes in mood can seem amplified to others, whether or not it’s a justified assessment.
Possible Causes of Mood Swings
Mood swings can be triggered and affected by a number of factors, including those that are mental and emotional, environmental, or physical in origin. Simple things like failing to get enough sleep, going for long periods of time without eating, or being overwhelmed and overworked can affect a woman’s mood. Similarly, equally simple things such as being able to enjoy an extended period of relaxation, or successful completion of an especially difficult task can also have a particular affect on a woman’s mood. But mood swings can also be symptoms of much more serious issues.
After successful studies and the publication of subsequent findings in the 1970’s with regard to premenstrual syndrome and the relationship between hormones and mood, it is now accepted that hormonal changes can and do affect the moods of women, and have the capacity to make women more susceptible to mood swings in general. Some look to the numbers of women being treated for mood disorders including depression and anxiety as evidential proof.
Therefore, maintaining optimum levels and balance between hormones including serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine together with correction of nutrient deficiencies (such as vitamins B12, B6 or folic acid) can be beneficial in regulating mood swings and controlling instances of depression or anxiety. Both serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters and act as “messengers” within the nervous system, having the ability to enhance mood. Serotonin tends to have an overall calming effect.
Progesterone has a direct relationship in the body’s process of these “mood altering” hormones.
The use of natural progesterone can help to affect hormone levels, bringing them back to a balanced state, and thus alleviating physical triggers for mood swings. This can provide immense relief for women suffering from mood swings or bouts of anxiety or depression which are related to their hormonal balance.