When it comes to moods—well, we all have them. Some happen because of physiological factors: We get tired or hungry, we’re with family and friends, we’re under duress. Those reasons may or may not be under your control.
But when it comes to things out of your control that influence moods, you can’t ignore hormones. For women, estrogen and progesterone are essential for reproductive health—but they also can influence mood and create hardship for women.
The first thing to do is to understand what’s happening with your body related to levels of those two hormones and how and why it might influence your mood. That’s especially true related to menopause, when levels of estrogen and progesterone also begin to change dramatically. That change may lead to extremes in emotion, such as depression and difficulty concentrating. So what can you do and what should you expect? This graphic helps you understand it.