What is PMSING? What does it mean when a WOMAN IS PMSing?
“Moodiness, fatigue, bloating and sore breasts,
Craving for some pampering, delicious food, coupled with rest.
Premenstrual syndrome sets in prior, by a week or two,
It’s intensity differing for me and you.
Still many a times, I believe,
With a smile, our discomfort we do deceive.”- Anonymous
Yes, yes! We badass women are well aware of this phenomenon; umm, we live with it! This reality, which our elders portray as a ‘blessing’ to a woman doesn’t really seem like it, especially, at that ‘time of the month,’ right? Hello, lovelies! Since we always take one for the team (pun intended), we just thought of spicing it up at the start with a bang. Let’s decode for you, what it exactly means when someone says ‘Are you PMSing?’
The truth is that even before we menstruate every month, we feel several symptoms ranging from bloating to moodiness, which sort of announces its arrival. For long, it has been seen as a matter of debate. However, science is increasingly proving its validity. And, in today’s times, it has become super important to speak up about this misconstrued ‘disease’- Premenstrual Syndrome. NO, it is not! To all those who are unaware, it is a woman’s body signalling her for the changes her body is going to go through in the next few days, aka her hormones are talking, quite literally!
WHAT IS PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME? – What it exactly means when a woman is PMSing
Myth: Premenstrual Syndrome is all in your head.
Fact: 90% of the women complain of experiencing symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome. Showing some of these signs does not mean you have this syndrome.
Premenstrual syndrome refers to an amalgamation of symptoms that most women suffer from after ovulation and prior to the beginning of another period cycle. They include a host of behavioural, emotional and physical changes in the body, which can vary from mild to severe. A more serious form of it is known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Sometimes this condition can hamper a woman’s daily functioning. Ask a girl how soothing the idea of curling up in bed, with a tub of ice cream sounds! We need to stop making it a stereotype!
Read on to understand symptoms about the same.
- Sore breasts
- Body ache
- Moodiness- irritability, crying spells, anger
- Upset Stomach
- Sleep irregularity
- Lower Back Pain
- Food cravings
- Low energy
- Acne and Pimples (first world problems)
- Feeling out of control
- Unable to concentrate
Well, well! The list goes on! Even though there isn’t enough research pertaining to the same, existing studies show that it is mainly a result of fluctuations in your estrogenic or progesterone levels, which may affect our serotonin and dopamine levels, causing this array of symptoms.
But when does it become serious? Are these symptoms hampering your daily routine or your relationships with loved ones? If yes, then try to make a few changes in your lifestyle, and see its effect in the future:
1. Avoid caffeine: Caffeine can keep you awake at night, thereby interfering with your sleep patterns and causing anxiety. Limit your caffeine intake on a daily basis; swap it with herbal teas or sodas.
2. Exercise: Being active will get your blood circulating, and even curb some of your emotional symptoms, thanks to the release of endorphins. Furthermore, it can even help to reduce the frequency of some of your physical signs.
3. Reduce your Stress Levels: Legend has it that you are more uneasy in stressed-filled situations as your body is always in a fight or flight mode. If you suffer from anxiety as a symptom, try calming exercises such as deep breathing and mindfulness. One-on-one therapy is recommended.
4. Have your supplements to keep you fit: Your vitamins, calcium and magnesium tablets are your best friends to help curb these symptoms.
5. Lifestyle habits: A healthy balanced diet with leafy greens, low sodium and sugar intake, a no smoking policy, and moderate consumption of alcohol will keep your varied blues at bay. Lastly, believe it or not, but your eight hours of sleep is integral in fighting these symptoms, directly or indirectly.
6. Medications: Only in severe cases, should you pop the over-the-counter medications as a last resort.Lastly, we majorly recommend keeping a tab or a diary noting down your symptoms in every cycle, so that you can actively measure any changes or improvements since these symptoms vary every cycle.
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL THE MEN IN OUR LIVES
“Aunt Flo is here”. “Stop acting crazy”. “Look whose PMSing today”. “Jeez, is it that time of the month for you?”
To all those who exude such derogatory attitudes, please stop! It’s time to accept it. Period! Our guesses however are that most of our partners, brothers, or fathers are compassionate and understanding, who in their own way, help to curb our symptoms through their kind gestures. All we’d like to say is a big THANK YOU! We lassies are indeed fortunate!
And, to those who want to help more, here are a few tips that could make our strong, yet soft hearts melt.
- We may just start crying randomly without a plausible reason. Sometimes we really cannot help it, even though we try holding it in together. Embrace us in a warm hug or whisper some sweet sayings and we’ll be okay.
- Due to our discomfort, we may feel too blah to function. We may call in sick at work (grateful for menstrual leaves), lounging around the entire day with Netflix, pizzas and pyjamas in tow. Advice: take this sentiment at face value. Our bodies are one big rollercoaster at present. Maybe, prepare a tub of popcorn or start a warm bath, and just let us be.
- If we are feeling crabby, and lash out unnecessarily, please do not retaliate or show us tough love. And for all the times, we act unreasonable, we extend an incredible apology. We do know you don’t deserve it, and feel terrible too! At that moment, if needed, please give us that ‘me-time’. Perhaps, pamper us with some good food, chocolates, or thoughtful gestures and actions, which will go a long way.
- To all the boyfriends out there, some of us may seem clingy or needy, but we may want to just feel loved and special. Perfect time to get your romance on because love heals the world, right?
- You are free to be our partners and indulge in our food cravings, and just accept us as is.
You just being there and supporting us is ENOUGH!
To sign off, all we’d like to say is Let’s Accept It. Period! As women, we need to give ourselves the time to relax and rest through it all.