Symptoms and causes of PMS: Understanding menstruation 101

Periods are tough, but PMS has its own base of haters. The bloated feeling, constant mood swings food cravings, and depression makes girls go insane at just the thought of having their periods. Do you know that as many of 3 out of every 4 women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome? The symptoms of Pre Menstrual Syndrome typically recurs in a predictable pattern, but the pace of physical and emotional change during the PMS is always slightly different.

Methods like using an organic menstrual cup can be comforting during the periods, but PMS can be depressing and daunting. Thankfully. There are treatments and lifestyle adjustments that can help women in reducing and managing PMS. Let’s have a look at some of these!

 

Symptoms

If you think that women just get irritable during their periods or experience mild fatigue, then you are wrong. The list of potential signs and symptoms of PMS is long. The physical signs and symptoms include:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Joint pain, muscle pain, muscle cramps
  • Weight gain due to fluid retention
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Appearing of acne
  • Tenderness of breasts

Whereas, the emotional and behavioral signs of PMS include:

  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Tension and anxiety
  • Change in libido
  • Irritability, anger, and mood swings
  • Social withdrawal
  • Crying spells
  • Change in appetite

 

However most women only experience a few of these problems, but we advise you to have all the pampering that you need during your PMS. Also, don’t forget to keep your organic menstrual cup always with you, in case you are traveling or going to work.

Also note that regardless of the symptom severity, the signs always disappear within a few days after the start of menses. Only a small number of women with PMS have disabling symptoms every month and this is known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD.

 

Causes

Healthcare specialists still can’t exactly say the cause of PMS, but numerous factors might contribute to the situation:

  • Depression. Some women who report having mild or severe PMS usually suffer from undiagnosed depression that aggravates because of hormonal changes.
  • Cyclic hormonal changes. The symptoms of PMS usually change with hormonal fluctuations as well.
  • Neural changes or chemical changes in the brain. In most women, the fluctuation of a neurotransmitter called serotonin contributes to premenstrual syndrome. As the chemical plays a significant role in determining the state of mood, it triggers PMS symptoms and leads to fatigue, sleep problems, depression, etc.

 

Takeaway

When your PMS is finally over, and you are on your periods, always make sure to use a reusable menstrual cup. They are environment-friendly as they don’t contribute to landfill waste, and they can be quite comfortable and less irritating than sanitary pads or tampons. With the reusable menstrual cupyou can go for activities like swimming, and yes, they are cost-effective as well because you don’t have to buy them again and again. So, go for Shecup and bid adieu to your period woes.


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