Irritability is defined as a feeling of agitation/frustration and being easily upset. While it is normal to feel irritable in stressful situations, it can also be an indicator of a mental or physical condition. Irritability is a common symptom of perimenopause and menopause, because of the hormonal changes associated with it.
Irritability can be accompanied with various physiological symptoms, such as sweating, racing heart, faster breathing, confusion, and anger. Specifically, for women undergoing perimenopause, irritability can occur with fever, headache, hot flashes, irregular menstrual cycles, reduced libido, and/or hair loss.
Learn to identify signs of mood changes and irritability.
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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Create quick go-to activities that can help improve your mood quickly. Go outside and take a walk, take a few minutes to breathe deeply and relax or call a friend to talk it out.