Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) covers a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral signs that occur a few days before menstruation.
While not all women have a degree in the introduction to this great course, some actually have doctorate degrees based on just experience alone.
Before we dive into what to do when you have PMS, let’s take a deep dive and know what it’s about and what it’s not about. As one that has a doctorate in the experience, wouldn’t it be nice to have free access to this knowledge?. Here are things to Know about PMS and how it affects our life.
PMS is a common condition that affects many women of reproductive age. Studies show that up to 75% of menstruating women experience some iota of PMS during their menstrual cycles.
Although, the symptoms vary widely among women and even not just in terms of characteristics but also from one menstrual cycle to another. Some set may feel like taking a walk when it comes, while another set would feel like setting the world on fire with their minds, and these set have the severe and disruptive ones.
It doesn’t just occur based on the need to set our bodies in motion for stress or extra work, it has a set time which is about 6-10 days before the main event(menstruation) comes up and funny part is menstruation doesn’t halt it, it decides on its own and therefore takes a break shortly after menstruation comes.
One of the parts of PMS that would still be hard to understand is the hormonal changes, one minute your body has a crazy desire to be touched and treated right in the most kinkiest of ways( this varies) and then it just stops.
The contributing factor to this is the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels such that during the late luteal phase, just before menstruation, both estrogen and progesterone levels decrease significantly if pregnancy does not occur.
As women approach menopause, the hormonal fluctuations can become more erratic, leading to changes in PMS symptoms. Some women may experience worsening PMS symptoms during perimenopause.
There is no test for PMS, but doctors often diagnose it based on a woman’s reported symptoms and the timing of their occurrence in relation to the menstrual cycle. Taking notes of it can help track patterns and help in diagnosis. There is an aspect of PMS that makes most women behave like big babies and that’s the part of the emotions.
During this stage, a woman can move from Cinderella, to the hulk and then back to Cinderella in less than two hours and it occurs in terms of mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression. There are a few other things coupled with the emotional hula-baloo, there’s also the physical discomfort that comes sneaking in like bloating, insomnia and fatigue e.t.c but it’s better to just note that emotional support and understanding are very essential in times like these.
For more severe cases of PMS or (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder) PMDD a more severe form of PMS that significantly impact a woman’s daily life. It is less common but the requirement of management medical interventions may be necessary. These can include hormonal contraceptives, antidepressants, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to address specific symptoms.
PMS is real and not just an “in my head” occurrence, It is a valid condition and it is essential to recognize that the symptoms experienced by women are genuine and should not be dismissed as “it’s all in your head.”.
In Conclusion, understanding PMS, identifying triggers, and finding coping strategies can help women manage and navigate through this phase of their menstrual cycle effectively and engaging in self-care practices can be beneficial during PMS. This may involve relaxation techniques, taking time for oneself, and engaging in activities that bring joy and comfort.
It is also very important to say that If PMS symptoms significantly affect a woman’s quality of life or functioning, it’s important to seek professional medical advice for appropriate evaluation and management options.
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