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Mood Swings

Menopause and mood swings often go hand-in-hand. During Menopause, women frequently find that their emotions are out of control. One minute they are crying while watching a TV commercial; the next they are screaming at a family member over a wet towel on the floor. 

Menstrual Changes

Menstrual changes are often the first sign that a woman is entering Perimenopause, the time leading up to Menopause. During Perimenopause you may start to experience some of the following menstrual changes:

  • Mid-cycle bleeding
  • Very heavy bleeding
  • Spotting
  • Shorter, longer or unpredictable menstrual cycles

While these menstrual changes can be frustrating, they are a normal response to the hormonal transition that is occurring in your body.  Your estrogen and progesterone levels are dropping and you are ovulating less. Once you reach Menopause, the irregular periods will stop and you will no longer ovulate or menstruate.

Libido

It is no wonder that libido levels drop during Menopause.  With symptoms like night sweats, insomnia, hot flashes, depression, mood swings and vaginal dryness, romance might possibly be the last thing on your mind. But there are other reasons for Menopause libido loss as well. 

Women in Menopause experience a drop in testosterone levels, a hormone that affects sexual interest, response, lubrication and orgasm.  Prior to Menopause, testosterone is produced in the ovaries via progesterone. During Menopause your ovaries make less progesterone, hence affecting libido.