Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur one to two weeks before a woman's period. Symptoms often vary with women and resolve around the start of bleeding.
More than 200 different symptoms have been associated with PMS. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, stress, difficulty with sleep and mood changes. Often symptoms are present for around six days. A woman's pattern of symptoms may change over time.
PMS Explained My Way-
Well that’s something in absolute medical terms. In reality (or maybe in the words of a wise PMSing women), it’s the time when we all get to embrace our inner unreasonable, childish, nonsensical, shameless, bitchy and sometimes even horny selves.
For the whole month these are suppressed within, when we are busy role playing the socially acceptable behavior aka decent, well behaved and reasonable women.
Also our brain somehow gets the message to consider every problem of the world, I mean the world that involves the people we know, doesn’t matter if I don’t talk to my brother’s friend’s wife, but if I decide that she is the most important person at that time, she is, no argument. So back to the point, it decides to own them all and thus increases our stress level.
Hormones, Hormones ARGGHH!
Medically, the cause of PMS is not clear, several factors may be involved. Change in hormones during the menstrual cycle seem to be an important factor.
So as I was saying, may or may not be the hormones, but I decided to own her problems and help her solve them. Apart from her, there are other problems like our emotional mood swings which renders us emotionally vulnerable.
It Is Normal!
So is it normal to behave like this? Hell yes. Need not be worried, up to 80% women report having some symptoms prior to menstruation.
If someone points out you are being irrational and stupid and weird and asks you whether you are having ‘that time’ of the month, you can bitch slap him (or maybe do it just in your mind) and say no! I am not acting weird, I am just PMSing, that doesn’t makes me an idiot, you idiot.
Embrace your femininity-
High-time, we need to embrace the fact that we are females of the species Homo sapiens, and we don’t always have to remain at peace and be at our behavioral best like a holy cow. Even cow kicks, sometimes. As we are ones to suffer through all that pain every month, acting like an emotionally overwhelming hussy, who gets a sudden craving to eat ‘gol gappe’ is completely justified healthy or not, who cares.
We are entitled to be completely insane and get our wishes fulfilled ( at that very moment if possible), it's okay to cry at the tv commercials where the two elephants joined by the gum(fevicol) can not be separated. It’s okay to cry watching ‘devil wears prada’ just because the dresses in it are just so effing beautiful. It’s completely normal to want to kick somebody in the ass because they dare contradict you.
So mood swings. Normal. Check.
This is the time when all of your month's exhaustion, the time you spent studying, burning the midnight oil or working late or partying late, even every other meal skipped or ate poorly will just blast on you causing tiredness and weakness.
This is the way of your body to say," Hey lady! It's time to get your buddy on speed dial and get a full body massage."
It's time to relax, drink a lot of water, sleep well and eat healthy (okay, so maybe we can bypass it a little if you had a clawing pizza eating urge.)
So don't worry, try to fight it, embrace it and have a Happy Period.
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This blog is written by Sonakshi. She is 18 years old and a Medical Student.