Irritability, fatigue, mood swings and cramps. Sounds all too familiar? Undoubtedly near ‘that’ time of the month, nearly all of us who are part of the girl gang experience at least one or all of these mentioned indications.
PMS or more simply Premenstural syndrome is a combination of symptoms both emotional and physical most commonly experienced 1-2 weeks before our monthly cycle.
"YES. We are Moody. PMS is a very REAL consequence of internal
hormonal changes in the female body."
- Reuters Radical Feminist Association.
PMS was in fact, originally seen as nothing more than an ‘Imaginary Disease’ where women who would ever report its symptoms were often told that it was all just ‘in their head’. They were told to concentrate fully on and not divert their body energies away from their ovaries and uterus. A woman’s reproductive organs were thought to have complete and utter control over her mind.
PMS or PMDD?
PMS and PMDD are different from each other only in degrees of severity (the latter being more severe in nature than the former).
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is an extreme form of PMS that affects about 5 percent girls who get a period. It’s marked by intense depressive episodes that seem to happen in the luteal phase (the second phase) of the menstrual cycle. They may end a few days after your period starts. Some people with PMDD have symptoms so severe that they experience disrupted functioning, and can require medical treatment. The exact causes of PMDD are still unknown.
COMMON PMS SYMPTOMS
- Depressed Mood
- Stress & Anxiety
- Abdominal Cramps
- Increased Appetite
- Disturbed Sleep Pattern
- Anger & Irritability
- Increased Emotional Sensitivity
Some Doctors believe that a hot water bottle, an aspirin paired with your favorite Rom-com movie might just be the simplest way to deal with the symptoms of PMS. Sodium-free & anti-caffeine diets also help in easing some of the ailments. Yoga is another stress reducing activity that might help you unwind on your worst days.
Alternate views against PMS suggest it to be nothing more than a socially bound construct. According to protagonists, PMS ultimately has nothing to do with the menstrual cycle its self but everything to do with how a woman has been taught to feel around her period.
Culturally impacted or not, Women still believe PMS to be a huge factor influencing their behavioral patterns in everyday life. Do you agree? Do let us know, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!