For the men and husbands out there: please read this so you can understand and support your wife. If you’re not married it will give you insight into the struggle women face and help you understand your future wife.
Hormones are wonderful things.
And terrible things.
They make you feel great one moment and awful the next.
If you’re a woman you most likely resonate with this. It’s estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome. [i]
I am definitely one of those 3 out of 4. PMS has affected how I cope with life and how I treat my husband and my kids in a big way.
I was so irritable at times that I wanted to bang my head on the floor, throw things, or break things. I bordered on suicidal and it scared me.
(By the way, PMS is very real and is not “just in our heads”. J And we can’t simply “pull ourselves together”.)
Here are symptoms of PMS that typically occur a week or more before menstruation:
Tension and anxiety
Irritability and anger
Change in libido
Constipation or diarrhoea
I suffered from PMS from the time my menstrual cycle began. Looking at the list of symptoms, I had all the emotional ones and a few of the physical symptoms. It’s been a struggle!
Over the years I have figured out how to manage my riotous hormones so that they don’t control my life so violently.
Here are some things that have helped me:
Our family went on an extended camping trip and because we were out in the sticks we ate a lot of pasta, junk bread, and baked beans. The very next month I noticed that my PMS symptoms were much worse.
Telling my kids I may be a little grumpy today helps them too, as well as apologizing for snapping at them when I do.
I’m posting a link below of a video that explains a woman’s hormonal cycle. Richard and I watched it together and found it fascinating. It would definitely help men understand the monthly changes in a woman’s body, so I encourage the guys to watch it too J.
My top 2 tips? Paw paw and choosing not to let my feelings rule me.
Here’s the link to that video:
do you deal with PMS? Let me know what works for you!