Seeing red? Join the club... The PMS Club, that is! It may not be a club you were actively seeking admission to, but we’re all here together so we may as well have a good time, right? And while folks love to blame the lady in red for our emotional woes, the truth is that there’s quite a lot of science behind mood swings and PMS, or premenstrual syndrome.
As if the physical pains of periods weren’t enough, many women have to deal with the emotional toll that menstruation brings each month. According to the Mayo Clinic, exact causes of premenstrual syndrome are unknown. However, the following factors may contribute to that funny feeling you’re having:
Blame it on the cyclic changes in hormones. Signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome change with hormonal fluctuations and disappear with pregnancy and menopause.
Chemical changes in the brain. During your period, you may experience fluctuations of serotonin levels (a brain chemical that's thought to play a crucial role in mood states) which could trigger PMS symptoms. Insufficient amounts of serotonin may contribute to premenstrual depression, fatigue, food cravings and sleep problems.
- Depression. Some women with severe PMS may have undiagnosed depression. This can cause heightened levels of mood swings, though depression alone does not cause all symptoms.
Of course, the physical symptoms of having your period can affect your mood as well. Having cramps, weird poops, bloating, and all the other period pleasantries can understandably make anyone less pleasant to be around! Just leave me to my ice cream and rom-coms, please!
PMS exists. It’s real. You are NOT crazy! And while you may not feel super dandy (oh, you mean you DON’T want to run through a sunflower field or play tennis right now?!), there’s The PMS Club. Because we provide only the best when you’re at your worst. When everything else in your life feels uncomfortable, your pads and liners shouldn’t be.
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