What is irritability? Irritability is the extreme response to stimuli. When a woman is undergoing menopausal transition, she experiences various types of physical and emotional effects. According to a study, about 50% of the women in perimenopausal phase notice instability in their mood which is one of the prime causes of irritability. Many of them complain that because of everyday stress in their life, they get easily irritated – and this wasn’t the case earlier. They also say that they are completely aware of this hyperbole reaction to their invokers, but find it difficult to contain.
Factors leading to irritation
There are numerous factors which cause irritation, but the root of irritability lies in the hormonal fluctuations during menopause. The good news is that irritability is very normal in menopause and women may or may not experience it during menopause. So what you really need to know is what your symptom is in order to determine the most effective way for managing it or alleviating irritation. Some symptoms of irritability are increased stress, sleeplessness, bursting in anger, over-reacting, less patience, decreased tolerance to people or their ideas, and frustration.
Menopause and stress
There is another school of thought who correlates adrenal cortex to short and long term stresses. The adrenal medulla responds to stress by producing “fight or flight” response. Adrenal glands are small 5 grams masses that are located in the lower back region of our kidneys. With menopause and as a woman ages, the function of adrenal glands tend to decline, and sometimes researchers refer it as “adrenapause”. This contributes to stress and the causes of irritability during menopause.
How to treat irritability
The first step towards treating irritability is to make positive lifestyle changes. This can be done by adopting hobbies like gardening doing yoga and meditation. Eating a balanced diet with emphasis on proteins and vitamins helps naturally combating menopause. Regular exercises help in decreasing irritability because exercises increase levels of dopamine. Dopamine is a hormone that is also known as “happy hormone”. It helps alleviating the mood by acting on neuro receptors which are responsible for mood alleviation.
Treatments coupled with natural remedies like aromatherapy, herbs and massage help further alleviating from the symptoms. This is because the natural remedies directly deal with the issues at the root level and correct the hormonal imbalances.
Some great estrogenic substances are alfalfa, soybeans, sprouts, flaxseeds, French beans, garlic, sesame, cucumber, apples, cabbage, olive oil and papaya.
However, if symptoms of irritability continue for a longer time, it is best to get advice from a health care professional. You should essentially seek his advice if you suffer from extreme psychological condition like depression. Whatever you do, you start with changing lifestyle (which is the least risky approach), and then go for alternative therapies. If you don’t get relief from any of these you must go for drugs to attack the causes of irritability.
Alternative treatments like homeopathy have helped several women across the world through this change in their life. Homeopathy is a safe treatment as it stimulates natural hormonal balance without intervention of harmful drugs. As a matter of fact it is a safe alternative to HRT. Homeopaths prescribe medicines by which natural hormones are produced in a manner that your mood swings are taken care of naturally, thereby helping in relieving from irritability.