Mood Swings During Menstrual Cycle

What Causes Menstrual Mood Swings?

Menstrual mood swings can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose menstrual mood swings, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "menstrual mood swings" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Low DHEA
  • PMS A
  • Low Estrogens

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
poor mental clarity
major reduction in breast fullness
major fatigue for 3-12 months
reduced well-being during menopause
history of liver cancer
some health decline
night sweats
irritability related to cycle
colon cancer
poor concentration during cycle
rapid pulse rate
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of menstrual mood swings:
Cause Probability Status
Low DHEA 96% Confirm
Low Estrogens 22% Unlikely
PMS A 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate being premenopausal or being perimenopausal, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have mood swings related to your menstrual cycle?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderate
→ Often / severe
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate mood swings during menstrual cycle, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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