This post was written by Peony Lane

The short answer to this question is yes, most definitely.  (Although most of us are in denial about it.)

Who can blame us?

After many years of the hustle and bustle of everyday life combined with the highs and lows that are frequently thrown at us, we’re all quite accustomed to feeling periodically content ­ often failing to acknowledge fleeting ‘happiness’ as it happens ­ followed by bouts of disconsolate grumpiness, irritability and even the blues.  It’s normal life, isn’t it?

Except few of us stop to gauge the flowing peaks and troughs of our mood swings, do we?  As a result, we’re never really aware of the cycle that they follow, or even consider that how we’re feeling might possibly not be related to external factors and be 100% related to hormonal imbalance.

It was a long time ago that we were hormonally wild spotty teenagers, so none of us can remember how much our moods affected our behaviour.  (Our mothers could probably tell us, but their memories are likely to be influenced by other elements, so it’s best not to ask them.)

Those of us with daughters can see for ourselves what effects hormonal fluctuations have.  One day our sweet, kind hearted offspring is a joy to be around.  The next, she’s tearfully spiteful, finding fault with everything from the colour of a lipstick to the way her jeans fit. (I usually check the bathroom cupboard at this point, to make sure our stock of sanpro is up to date.)