I choose to write on this topic mainly cause of the male folks, i feel very few men understand and know what PMS is all about. Men need to understand that women do not just “act up” for no reason, and understanding PMS will go long way in helping them relate better with their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. Remember, this Blog is also centered around the upliftment of the “GIRL CHILD” . Some of the key symptoms of PMS which we will see below, go a long way in explaining why women behave in certain ways a lot of the times.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman’s period. Symptoms often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes. Often symptoms are present for around six days. A woman’s pattern of symptoms may change over time.
The cause of PMS is unknown. Some symptoms may be worsened by a high-salt diet, alcohol, or caffeine. The underlying mechanism is believed to involve changes in hormone levels. The list of potential signs and symptoms for premenstrual syndrome is long, but most women only experience a few of these problems. Which are mainly emotional and behavioral.
Emotional and behavioral symptoms of PMS include;
Tension or anxiety
Mood swings and irritability or anger
Appetite changes and food cravings
Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
Physical signs and symptoms
Joint or muscle pain
Weight gain related to fluid retention
In all, a small number of women with premenstrual syndrome have disabling symptoms every month. This form of PMS is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD signs and symptoms include depression, mood swings, anger, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, difficulty concentrating, irritability and tension. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), causes physical and mood-related symptoms that seriously disrupt a woman’s life and relationships. PMDD symptoms develop during the latter half of each menstrual cycle, after ovulation, and go away during the first few days of each menstrual period.
PMDD symptoms are related to hormone changes during the menstrual cycle. Emotional symptoms include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, irritability and sensitivity, anger, being overwhelmed, and the need to withdraw from others. Physical and behavioral symptoms include lack of energy, problems with concentrating, sleep problems, food cravings or binge eating, breast tenderness, bloating and weight gain, headaches, and joint or muscle pain. Women diagnosed with PMDD are typically encouraged to use healthy lifestyle choices and prescription medicine to manage their symptoms.
In summary, men need to understand women cause they are one of God’s greatest gift to us and to the whole world. When “SHE” is tensed, anxious, depressed and cries when you feel its unnecessary, before you scold or rebuke understand that it might just be PMS/PMDD