Emotional changes of Menopause- What are they?

Menopause. The word itself reminds us of images of hot flashes and irritability. But the emotional changes that can occur during this life transition are often more nuanced than that. Read all about it.

Johanitha Moraes and Menopause Reporter
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Menopause. The word itself reminds us of images of hot flashes and irritability. But the emotional changes that can occur during this life transition are often more nuanced than that. Let's undesrtand the fascinating science behind these emotional shifts and explore ways to navigate this new chapter with grace and self-compassion.

The Hormonal Shift:

Estrogen and progesterone, the main female hormones, play a significant role in regulating mood. During menopause, these hormone levels naturally decline. This hormonal shift can disrupt the delicate balance in the brain that affects neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that influence mood, sleep, and behaviour.

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A Spectrum of Emotions:

The emotional landscape during menopause can be as diverse as women themselves. Here are some common experiences:

  • Irritability and Mood Swings: Fluctuations in estrogen can mimic premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms,leading to irritability, frustration, and emotional outbursts.
  • Anxiety and Stress: The hormonal changes and uncertainties surrounding menopause can trigger anxiety and feelings of stress.
  • Depression: While not all women experience depression during menopause, the hormonal shifts can increase the risk, especially for those with a history of depression.
  • Brain Fog and Difficulty Concentrating: Some women report problems with memory, focus, and cognitive function. This could be due to hormonal changes or sleep disturbances.
  • Loss of Libido: Decreasing estrogen levels can affect sexual desire in some women.

It's Not Just Hormones Though:

While hormones play a central role, other factors can contribute to the emotional rollercoaster of menopause:

  • Life Changes: Menopause often coincides with other life transitions like empty nest syndrome, aging parents, or career changes. These additional stressors can exacerbate emotional responses.
  • Societal Stigma: Negative portrayals of menopause can fuel anxiety and fear.
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Strategies for Emotional Wellness

The good news- you're not at the mercy of your emotions! Here are some tips to navigate the emotional tides of menopause:

  • Prioritize Self-Care: Regular exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation can significantly improve mood and reduce stress.
  • Talk it Out: Sharing your experiences with supportive friends, family, or a therapist can be incredibly helpful.
  • Explore Natural Remedies: Certain supplements like fish oil or evening primrose oil may offer some relief from mood swings, but consult with your doctor before starting any supplements.
  • Seek Professional Help: If emotional symptoms are severe or interfere with daily life, don't hesitate to seek professional help from a therapist or doctor. Consult our Gytree experts for the same. 


  • Menopause is a natural part of life, not the end of it.
  • You are not alone. Many women experience emotional changes during menopause.
  • By understanding the science behind these changes and adopting healthy coping strategies, you can navigate this transition with confidence and embrace the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.
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