Do you have mood swings all day long? Here’s how your period is affecting your emotional health
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects a high percentage of women with many of them feeling mood changes in the days before menstruation. Find out why
Periods are the most dreadful thing in a woman’s life and they have a tendency to come uninvited during stressful times. While periods are something that comes every month, we don’t think anyone can ever get used to the pain. With them being painful, the dreadful week also brings along a range of hormones that literally make you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. Now, if this starts before your periods, it means you are facing PMS i.e Premenstrual syndrome.
PMS can cause wild, uncontrollable mood swings in some women, who may go from crying spells to angry outbursts and anxiety attacks, then back to a stable emotional state — all in one day. While researchers do not know the exact reason and intensity of when PMS strikes, these emotional disturbances are thought to be connected to the rise and fall of hormones, specifically estrogen, throughout the menstrual cycle.
Some common symptoms of PMS are:
For people with PCOS and other hormonal/menstrual disorders, these issues can be heightened. According to Everyday Health, “Between 3 and 8 per cent of menstruating women have an even more severe condition called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). These women become seriously depressed a week or two before their periods.”
To be diagnosed with PMDD, a woman must have at least five of the following symptoms around the time of your period:
While these may seem regular problems to some of them, it gets worse when you experience all of them together. Here’s how you can lower the intensity of some of these PMS problems:
How is it that you deal with PMS? Let us know in the comments section below.