Have you ever had any unwanted uncontrollable emotional outburst during a date? Or find yourself in tears in bed without any reason? Or a sudden craving for sweets or salty food? Think about it, does this usually occur just before your period? Chances are it’s because of PMS.
PMS symptom shows up 3 to 10 days before your next period starts. The symptoms vary across individuals, with both physical and mental effects.
However, most of these symptoms usually disappear as quickly as they appeared once your period starts. They are supposed to be the results of the hormonal transition of progesterone and estrogen after ovulation, but it actually has not been proven beyond doubt, yet. (see menstruation cycle)
Common PMS symptoms are:
If you consume alcohol, caffeine or nicotine
If you tend to be too perfectionist or meticulous
If you’re too accommodating
If you can’t accept things outside of your control, or the natural cycles of your body
Many women don't realize it's PMS. Record it when you notice above or other symptoms, and take measures to relax yourself. Exercise, have a hot bath or good sleep, anything you know that relaxes you.
No need to say that a good exercise and well-balanced meals are always important for health. For PMS, salty food, fatty food, caffeine, alcohol and smoking actually may make it worse. Try to avoid those before the period.
If eating is your preferred method to reduce stress... be a bit careful. Small amounts of ice cream or chocolate are of course not harmful but you might find it not so easy to control yourself. Try to find a decent restaurant and choose a vegetable meal. A little luxury and tasty dish may satisfy yourself.
And most importantly, take it easy. Stress is the great at making you feel worse during PMS. The harder you are trying to handle it, the worse you might feel. Try not to set any important business appointment or a date in this period, finish your work early and relax where you're comfortable.
PMDD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, could be called a temporary depression before the period. If PMS becomes more severe, it can become a cause a trouble in your everyday life. Do not put up with it and talk to your gynecologist. There is a chance of a disease such as endometriosis hiding behind these symptoms. Often contraceptive pills can be prescribed to soothe your hormonal balance.
Men don't have monthly hormonal change like women have and it's very difficult for them to understand PMS. When you're aggressive, he might be confused or fight back even. Gentlemen, if you read this, please leave her alone when you find her in a bad mood.
If you want to keep this stress out of your relationship, it's important to explain and ask his understanding.
"I might be difficult to deal with right now, but I can't control it. I'm sorry but please don't take it seriously." "I seem in tears, but I'm actually fine!"
Small bits of information can go a long way.