Easy Tearfulness & Crying

Women tend to cry a lot more often than men. During certain seasons or periods of life, especially during our menstrual cycles, we tend to be a bit more emotional and experience easy tearfulness as a result of our hormonal levels fluctuating.  

Usually, crying does not reflect personality changes or neurological problems, but rather is a result of changing circumstances. This can be due to emotions, different life events, etc. However, perimenopause and menopause can result in easier tearfulness, because of the hormonal changes that are occurring. The decreases in estrogen levels, and whatnot, can result in a worse threshold for things that can trigger sadness.
Specifically, when it comes to the symptom of increased crying, it is asserted that Oestrogen deficiency is the instigator of tears. Luckily, this symptom is completely normal and experienced by the majority of women that are going through this big bodily change. Women can rest assured that what they are experiencing is nothing out of the ordinary.

If these women have experienced pregnancy prior, they would be able to notice that the increased tearfulness due to hormonal changes is similar to that of perimenopause. It is important to be self-aware of why the crying may be happening and also, to have a support system that is understanding of the potential fluctuation in emotion that may be occurring.

-Written by Kaila An MPH  


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If you're unsure that you're going through perimenopause, we recommend reaching out to you health care provider for further testing. Your doctor may suggest blood tests to check if you're in transition to menopause (aka perimenopause). 

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