Do you experience feelings of anger or sadness in the days before or during your period?
We feel you!
Not every woman deals with the same menstruation symptoms. Some only have with food cravings, while others may experience mood swings and even feelings of depression. These are the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome and about 75% of menstruating women have PMS at some point in their lives.
So, why does PMS occur before menstruation and what’s the best way to deal with it?
Let’s see what the experts say!
How do You Know You’re Suffering from PMS?
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) refers to the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms that women experience before their period. It includes feelings of anxiety and stress, physical irritation, and even the enemy of all women – acne.
PMS may include a range of symptoms, including mental, physical, and emotional ones. However, some people and naturally moody and may even suffer from a psychological disorder that causes mood swing, which has nothing to do with their menstrual cycle.
So, how can you be sure that you’re suffering from PMS and not a psychological disorder? What if you’re simply not in a good mood or just feel sad due to any problem related to work or your personal life?
Well, here’s the answer: If you feel angry, irritated, or extremely sad every month before your period, you probably have PMS.
With psychological disorders, you’ll suffer from mood swings throughout the month. However, with PMS, you’ll only experience symptoms during or before your period.
We all know this now; our moods are often affected by the hormonal changes in our body. You’ll often notice a sense of irritation that may drive your mood swings. Sometimes these mood irritations can be managed but there will be times when anger and sadness may take over.
So, are you one of those who sail smoothly through their menstruation cycle? Or do you have to struggle with fluctuating emotions?
In the second case, remember that you’re strong enough to get through this!
What are the Symptoms of PMS?
PMS often refers to changes in mood or emotions that may affect your lifestyle before your period.
Here are common symptoms of PMS:
- Unexplained feelings of anxiety or sadness before your period
- Irritability before your period days
- Sleep problems caused by irritation or anxiety
- Mood swings or excessive anger for no apparent reason
- Feelings of fatigue or boredom and a lack of motivation
- Headaches, acne, and skin problems
- Memory loss or forgetfulness
These are the common symptoms of PMS and may affect any woman. However, when these symptoms become more complex and advanced, it can be a problem.
For example, depression, feelings of worthlessness, or suicidal thoughts may be signs of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). This is rarer than PMS, more severe, and may require expert medical treatment.
Why do You Suffer from PMS?
Unfortunately, it’s only natural that women experience various degrees of PMS-related symptoms. So, why do these symptoms occur in some women and not in others?
Apart from genetics, it also depends on hormonal imbalances in your system. Menstruation will generally cause hormones to fluctuate, and the more severe the fluctuations, the worse the PMS symptoms. It’s not every day that you’ll experience these fluctuations, and your brain may struggle to cope with the sudden drop in dopamine and other simulating hormones.
How to Treat PMS?
In most cases, simple lifestyle changes can help you manage the symptoms of PMS. You can’t change the way your body functions, and menstruation is a normal process. However, you can change the way you manage these symptoms.
Here are some tips to help you manage PMS more easily:
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. This will help balance your hormones and improve your mood.
- Eat fresh and healthy foods to control your hormonal imbalances and keep yourself mentally and emotionally fit.
- Eat foods rich in calcium as they help keep your mood balanced and controlled. Calcium can also help you deal with stress, headaches, and acne.
- Get medical help if needed. If your symptoms are more severe, then consult your doctor for advice on painkillers to help ease your mood.
- Take vitamin supplements containing Vitamins A, B12, and Vitamins C and D.
By following a healthy lifestyle and getting the right nutrients, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to manage PMS.
Also, when your period is around the corner and the PMS symptoms are making it hard for you to carry out routine tasks, don’t forget that you’re strong enough to handle this flow of emotions!