A week before periods may be an extremely stressful event for you. Hormonal fluctuations, associated with menstruation, can significantly affect your well-being, making you nervous, tired and anxious.
In addition to this, premenstrual syndrome often causes acne, headache, food cravings and weight gain.
Premenstrual symptoms vary in different women. So, if your mother suffers from bloating and headache, it doesn’t mean that you or your daughter will experience the same symptoms.
Not only hormones are involved in changes, occurred several days before menses. Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters were found to play a role too. Thus, fluctuations in serotonin levels may contribute to depression, sleep problems and lack of energy.
We all have heard a lot about premenstrual syndrome. But do you know that not everything, you read in Internet and journals, is true?
Here are the most popular PMS myths and truth about them:
#1. Only young women experience heavy PMS – that’s right, young women and teens are more likely to suffer from unbearable abdominal cramps, intensive pain and headache before menstruation. But in reality, approximately three out of four women feel some PMS symptoms. And those who are older than 40 often complain of extremely painful and uncomfortable sensations too.
#2. Mood swings is the most widespread PMS symptom – though many of us become extremely irritable and upset before periods, it’s not so easy to determine, which of premenstrual symptoms is the most “popular”.
#3. PMS is a fiction – some studies found that most of premenstrual changes occur because of women’s stereotypes. According to these investigations, we expect to feel bad before periods, so we do. But in reality, even If you don’t think about your menstrual schedule and don’t wait for pain, hormonal fluctuations make influence on your body and cause certain symptoms.
Nevertheless it’s possible that some of us aggravate symptoms, bearing in mind that menses come together with discomfort and depression.
#4. You need to endure PMS symptoms, even if they are severe – nowadays we have wide variety of methods to relieve pain, get rid of headache and improve moodiness. Your doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter painkillers, antidepressants, diuretics and/or birth control pills to alleviate discomfort associated with your periods.
#5. It’s worth avoiding physical activity when you have PMS – it may be really hard to lift heavy weight and run marathons several days before your monthly events. But moderate physical activity like jogging, walking or swimming may help relieve painful cramps and enhance your well-being.
#6. Sweets help relieve PMS symptoms – it seems like chocolate, muffins and other high-carb, sugar-full products can help you feel better. But in reality, fruits, vegetables, nuts and other healthy foods work much better in this situation. Actually dark chocolate is a perfect option for those who want to satisfy sugar cravings and stay lean.