Look what PMS made me do!

You are suddenly feeling depressed and in tears, yet you are not sure why. You are so vexed to the point where you are banishing the thoughts of shooting the guy who broke your side mirror, on your way to work. Your breasts are suddenly larger than they were last night (double boobs alert!) Add the fact that you are bloated to the equation, and it makes for an interesting time.

Do any of the descriptions above, take you to a familiar place? You know, its so familiar because I swear, you find yourself there every month? Or your boyfriend, husband, or close friend can't help but mutter these 3 letters-PMS (after rolling their eyes, of course). There you go, welcome to the life of most women of pre-menopausal age.



Premenstrual Syndrome, commonly referred to as PMS refers to the "physical, psychological and behavioral symptoms" that most women experience two weeks before their monthly period begins.
Some of these symptoms include: 



  • Acne/pimples
  • Soreness or tenderness of the breasts
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Back ache
  • Change in appetite or food cravings
  • Anxiety, depression, etc. 
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that at least 85 percent of menstruating women have at least 1 PMS symptom as part of their monthly cycle. If you are in the 15% without PMS Symptoms, you are lucky and i am officially jealous. The light at the end of the tunnel is, that these symptoms vanish, once your period starts. 

According to the NHS UK website, the exact cause of PMS is not known but there are some factors which contribute to it. They include: hormone changes of oestrogen and progesterone, stress, chemical changes in the brain (serotonin), diet, etc.

I experience some of these symptoms and i am not brave enough to share some of the crazy things PMS has made me do. At that time of the month, when those hormones are raging, i totally want to become a hermit or one of the Tibetan monks. That way i don't have to talk to anybody and avoid any potential disasters. But seeing as that is not happening any time soon, the solution is proper management. 

5 TIPS FOR MANAGING PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME

1. KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR MONTHLY CYCLE
Since your period is expected to come monthly, note the date of your last period and estimate the date of your next period. This date is determined by the length of your cycle, is it a 28 or 30 day cycle, etc. Once you have worked this out, set a reminder on your phone. This should alert you of the 'important 2 weeks' before your period starts. Remember the saying, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail".

2. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET
Aim to eat more fruits and vegetables as these are rich in vitamins and minerals and may reduce the symptoms. Drink plenty of water. This is particularly helpful if headaches are part of your symptoms. It is important to note that dehydration causes headaches and tiredness.

3. FOOD AND DRINKS TO AVOID
Believe it or not, there are particular food or drinks that aggravate PMS. There was a particular month i consumed more coffee, as i needed to wade off sleep at work, but my hormones were not happy with that. Avoid these foods or consume in smaller quantities in those 2 weeks before your period.  Coffee and alcohol can affect your mood or energy level; reduce consumption of salty foods or snacks to reduce bloating and fluid retention, reduce consumption of sugary foods and drinks.

4. ENGAGE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Incorporate exercise into your routine as these can help boost energy levels. They are also a good distraction and provide a more constructive avenue to channel any negative energy. This could include aerobics, strength training, taking a walk, etc. I know someone who cleans and organises her room when she is upset, doing house chores are a good way to burn calories.

5. FIND ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS
Laughter is a great medicine and it is cheap too. I find watching funny videos on Youtube or Instagram therapeutic. I also stay away from sad movies or TV shows at this time. You can call family or friends to chat if you are feeling blue, get a massage, meditation, etc. Find what works best for you and indulge. Please this does not include binge eating-  Remember "a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips".

I hope these tips will help you navigate through your PMS easily this month. Or you can share them with someone who struggles with Premenstrual Syndrome. If not, you can share some of those things that PMS has made you do.




8 comments

  1. thanks for the info

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  2. Haha! Love this, I realised that keeping a record and reminder on my phone of when that time of the month is around the corner, has been very helpful. Now when I lose my cool, I look at my calendar first and then I calm down and blame it on PMS!

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  3. Thanks Damiloves. Glad you liked it.

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  4. My own PMS has started in my old age o. Not even funny at all. Heard comedians joke about it and all; I'd love for there to be better awareness of it. Some symptoms aren't great and could have long lasting consequences.

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    1. Aaaawww! Sorry sis ur not alone. I agree, there needs to be more awareness on PMS

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  5. PMS is real, at first I used to dismiss it as an old wives tales, until I noticed a monthly pattern in my behaviour and body which occurred at about the same time every month.

    Ah, hormones are powerful. Lol

    You have a lovely blog with very relevant and relatable content. Well done! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Nedoux. I'm glad you like my bog. Please visit often. Best wishes

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