I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “PMS” (Premenstrual syndrome) associated with a woman’s period before. Maybe you’re a woman who wants to know more about yourself and why you get so angry before your period. Maybe you’re a dude just trying to understand why your girl keeps putting your balls on the chopping block. Whichever one you are, this article is for you.
What is PMS?
PMS refers to the physical and emotional symptoms that a woman feels before her period. In some women, these symptoms show up weeks in advance while some only get them several days before their period.
Some common symptoms may include feeling tender to touches, acne breakouts, feeling lightheaded, cramps, irritability, anger, and even fainting.
The exact causes for these symptoms currently aren’t known. The most common belief is that they’re associated with the changes in hormone levels in a woman’s body. Other factors like environment, food, and lifestyle may also contribute to the symptoms experienced and how serious they are.
These symptoms may occur in the 2 weeks prior to menstruation and there must be at least a 7-day symptom-free interval in the first half of the menstrual cycle. Symptoms must occur in at least two consecutive cycles for the diagnosis to be made.
PMS Mood Swings: Why They Happen and How to Ease the Symptoms | Flo
About 75% of women suffer from some recurrent PMS symptoms.
Why do women have periods?
A woman’s period (menstruation) is a result of the body releasing tissues that it doesn’t need anymore.
Every month, the body thickens the uterine lining as it waits for a fertilized egg. This egg which is released from the ovaries and gets fertilized in the Fallopian tube will eventually develop into a baby.
If the body senses that there is no fertilized egg, it sheds the thick uterine lining and releases it along with blood and some other fluids out through the vagina.
Why the anger?
During this process, as hormone levels change, a woman can easily be irritated by the slightest things. Each woman’s body reacts differently to the changes happening inside her so some can be more seriously affected than others.
As I mentioned before, nobody really knows why women’s get symptoms like getting angry before their period. However, there are many things that could be part of the bigger picture. For example, going through a tough situation or being surrounded by the wrong people.
Menstruation often exacerbates problems beyond the scope of how things actually are (things feel like they’re worse than they are).
…these emotional disturbances are thought to be connected to the rise and fall of hormones, specifically estrogen, throughout the menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels begin to rise slowly just after a women’s period ends, and it peak two weeks later. “Then estrogen levels drop like a rock and begin rising slowly before dropping again just before menstruation starts,” explains Livoti. These hormonal peaks and valleys are thought to cause mood swings and other menstrual symptoms.Mood Swings: PMS and Your Emotional Health – Jan Sheehan | Everyday Health
A complex emotion like anger can have many different layers and causes. As complex as it is, it has many different forms and ways of manifesting in our lives. If you’d like to know more about the different types of anger, check out 8 Different Types of Anger.
Dealing with the symptoms
Learning to manage the symptoms that come with menstruation is an important skill that every woman must learn. Below are some ways that many women deal with their anger and all that other fun stuff during their period.
It should come as no surprise that what you eat affects the way your body functions. As the old saying goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.”
Many women experience worsened menstrual symptoms when eating lots of junk food.
Getting proper exercise
“Proper exercise” is measured differently for everyone. For some, it means going out for long walks. For others it means going for intense sprinting sessions. Either way, getting the right amount of exercise for your body will help you curb those annoying period cramps.
Quality rest and relaxation
Getting quality rest is an important step in improving the condition of your body and how you feel in general.
Take note that rest and relaxation doesn’t always mean sleeping. Even if you get a lot of sleep, you can still feel on edge and disoriented. Sometimes, you may have to get away from work or whatever/whoever is causing you to feel like you’re walking on pins and needles.
Especially during your period, you become stressed out much easier. Give yourself a well-deserved break. After all, health is wealth.
The power of sex and masturbation when it comes to relieving stress and menstrual symptoms cannot be denied. Having an orgasm through masturbation or sex releases chemicals in your brain that helps to increase your overall happiness and comfort.
Spending time with people you love
You are the sum of the people around you. This means that if you’re surrounded by greatness, 9 times out of 10, you’ll be setting yourself up for greatness too. It’s a no-brainer that spending time with people you care about will make you feel good.
Alcohol is a depressant and will bring you all kinds of unwarranted emotions. Before or during your period, stay away from alcohol as it will make any of your menstrual symptoms feel much worse.
Did you know?
There hasn’t always been a scientific understanding of the menstrual process. In the past, many cultures believed that menstruating women were dangerous.
…in some cultures it was believed that… menstruation contained poisonous and harmful substances for living beings and things… Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia listed the ‘dangers’ of menstruating women: ”[…] can turn wine into vinegar, break mirrors, ruin iron and leather, darken the skies, make the fields sterile, make fruit fall from trees, kill bees, and make animals abort”.Gómez-Sánchez PI, Pardo- Mora YY, Hernández-Aguirre HP, Jiménez-Robayo SP, Pardo-Lugo JC. Menstruation in history. Invest Educ Enferm. 2012;30(3): 371-377.