We all know that menstruation is a natural and normal part of our lives, but sometimes it can get quite uncomfortable, right? That’s why today, we’re diving into Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and those annoying menstrual discomforts. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We’ll be discussing what PMS is, why hormones play a role, and how you can tackle those annoying symptoms. Oh, and we’re also going to take a closer look at those common menstrual discomforts and give you some tips for relief.
**Please read, we are not doctors, what is below is from our own experience or thanks to the Internet. For health complaints and taking pain medication, always see your doctor.
What is PMS?
PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome. It’s those quirky symptoms some of us experience a while before we get our period. You know, those mood swings, that unexplainable tiredness, feeling bloated, and oh yeah, that annoying headache. So, where does all this come from?
Hormones and PMS
Here’s the scoop: our hormones are throwing a party here. As we gear up for menstruation, our hormones take a bit of a roller coaster ride. Estrogen and progesterone are playing hide and seek, and it affects neurotransmitters like serotonin, which influence our mood. And that’s not all! Our hormones can also cause water retention (hello, bloating) and mess with our nervous system, impacting our sleep and eating patterns.
Dealing with PMS
No need to panic, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to tame that PMS and keep your daily life from going over the top:
- Be open about it if you are not feeling well: Our mood can sometimes go in all directions and sometimes you'd rather stay put than walk. Express it if your period is bothering you. It's something natural and there's no need to be ashamed of it. If you indicate that you are bothered by your period, people around you can take it into mind.
- Live Healthy: Try to get regular exercise, eat balanced meals, and get enough sleep. These little adjustments can dial down PMS symptoms.
- Say ‘No’ to Stress: Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can reduce stress and, in turn, that PMS-related irritability.
- Watch your Diet: Cutting back on salt, caffeine, and sugar can help you feel better. Trust us, your mood will thank you.
- Supplements: Sometimes, supplements like vitamin B6 and magnesium can offer some relief. Just be sure to check in with a doctor before starting them.
Those Inevitable Menstrual Discomforts and How to Handle Them
Apart from PMS, we might also face other discomfort like cramps, back pain, and migraines. Here are some tips to help you sail through those days:
- Cramps: A warm heating pad, a bit of relaxation, and light movement can ease cramps.
- Back pain: Hop into a nice warm bath or use a warm compress for some back relief. And maintain good posture, avoiding prolonged sitting.
- Migraines: Lay down in a dark room, take some rest, and make sure you’re staying hydrated.
PMS and those annoying menstrual discomforts might be a hassle, but you’re not alone. Understanding how hormones play a role and making some healthy changes can really make a difference. And let’s be open about these things and support each other, so we feel more comfortable during that time of the month. Remember, you’ve got the power to feel good, every day of the month!