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Are you feeling a little bit irritable?

Updated on March 7, 2013

What is Irritability?

There are many reasons why you might suddenly find yourself feeling irritable. Stress, poor diet, major lifestyle changes are among the reasons that you can suddenly find yourself facing irritability. Cancer, Diabetes, and Hypoglycemia also have been shown to cause irritability, and there is another major change in a woman’s life that can cause irritability; that is menopause. Menopause has been known to cause irritability because of hormonal imbalance.

Emotional Symptoms of Menopause

Last time we talked about moodiness as a possible symptom of menopause, irritability is another emotional symptom of Menopause. The physical symptoms are somewhat obvious and well discussed that most women known and understand what to expect. However, emotional symptoms like moodiness and irritability are generally over looked. Some of the symptoms of irritability may include, increased stress, trouble sleeping, feeling on edge, lashing out in anger or frustration, reduced patience, over-reacting to situations, and less tolerance for people and events.

Natural Solutions to treating irritability symptoms

The good news is with emotional symptoms of menopause there are natural solutions that you can try. You do not have to resort to taking hormone replacement therapy. Some experts suggest start with talking to your family and friends, if they understand what you are going through it might help alleviate some of the stress and make things a little bit better. Another suggestion is to try relaxation exercises. There are many different kinds of exercises that could help, including Yoga, or just something as simple as taking a walk, you could also try a hot shower or relaxing bath. Everyone relaxes differently, so it works best if you just try to figure out what works best for you and then go from there. If natural treatments do not work, and talking to your family doesn’t help then there are HRT’s that have been shown to help.

What causes irritability?

Irritability might not be the worst symptom of menopause, however it can be an underlying condition caused by some of the other symptoms, because you have night sweats and insomnia, you are more likely to be irritable, and irritability can then cause you to not be able to sleep, thereby repeating the cycle. Doctors at this point are unsure about the exact causes of irritability as it relates to menopause; some have drawn the conclusion that it is associated with a hormonal imbalance while others believe that it is associated with the other symptoms. Hot Flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, and irregular periods can all cause a woman to start feeling depressed and irritable.

What can you do

There is hope though, you do not have to suffer through the irritability alone, you can seek help from trained professionals, from family and friends, and from supplements. Most Doctors also agree that like the other symptoms irritability will eventually end, and you can go back to living a pretty normal post-menopausal life, although there is some argument as to how long you will experience each individual symptom.


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