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Hey guys! This is a topic I've wanted to write about for a while now as I think it's important for every girl to feel like they're not alone during their time of the month! We all know what it's like, you feel unreasonably stressed out & angry, all you crave is junk food & oh look, another huge hormonal spot which you can't seem to cover up! Then there's the uncontrollable mood swings, one wrong word from some one and you snap their head off, or burst in to tears! Your boobs hurt, you've got a headache & you just can't shake the symptoms off. This sound about right ladies? Well I'm here to tell you that you are most definitely not alone, whether you suffer from a mild form of these symptoms or to the most extreme cases of PMS, there are always ways of dealing with it. It's a fact girls, Mother Nature can be a bit of a bitch!
So as I usually have to endure a pretty bad dose of PMS every month, I thought it was only right to give you guys some advice, whether you've only just started your periods or are a long-time sufferer, answer some personal questions about my own experience with periods & PMS & how I deal with them & to put a few old wives' tales to bed. Here we go!
Your questions answered!
I've just started my periods & I'm not sure what to do. What are the main things to remember during my time of the month?
The main thing to remember is to not to panic. You're becoming a woman now and this can be scary & stressful time.
Firstly you'll need to buy either some sanitary towels (pads) or tampons. If this is your first period you may want to start off with a pad & move on to tampons when you're ready. Pads come in lots of different sizes, you can get panty liners or "normal" sized pads for when your flow is very light. If your flow is heavier then you can use "super" sized or night time pads, which are a lot bigger & thicker than normal ones. If you then feel you want to try tampons, I'd advise starting with a mini one with an applicator to make it easier. They also come with step-by-step instructions. My tip would be to do it in a calm quiet place, where you won't be disturbed. If you feel you've put it in wrong or something, don't panic! You can always try again! Just gently remove it & try again with a fresh one when you're ready. I'd also advise keeping a pack of paracetamol or a hot water bottle handy. Period cramps are not the best so it's always good to have something ready.
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What are your tips for dealing with PMS?
It's a fact of life, we all have to deal with it & it makes us feel horrible! I suffer from very bad mood swings during this time & every male in my life should beware! I really can't stand when guys say they "understand" 'cause they really don't! It's even worse when they say they don't know what all the fuss is about, it's just a period! I'm sure many of you have given your boyfriend or brother a swift hit to the private parts when you hear comments like this being made! The best thing to do if you live with people that just seem to be getting on your nerves is to go somewhere you won't be disturbed. I currently live in a bit of a mad house where me, my mum & sister all seem to synchronize with our menstrual cycles & every man in the house just can't seem to sympathize making the situation 10 times worse! During this time of the month I like to lock myself in the bathroom, run a nice hot bubbly bath & let the world wash over me! This really helps to chill me out & cope with my PMS.
Although you may not feel like it another good thing to do is go for a slow walk by yourself. Get yourself a bit of head space away from everyone. Walking is also a great gentle exercise to do if you have stomach cramps!
Now whether you're on a diet or you're just trying to eat healthier it's always a pain in the bum when you start to crave sugar, sweets & all things bad for you during your time of the month! The best thing to do is try to avoid these foods as they can make you feel even more grumpy & bloated. Try snacking on fresh fruit or raw vegetables dipped in hummus. I know it's tempting to curl up with big tub of ice cream, but give the healthier options a go first! If you really can't resist temptation, then just don't over-do it! We're only human after all, we deserve a little treat now & then!
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If you're like me and suffer not only the general PMS symptoms I've spoke about but also from the other less common PMS problems during this time such as cystitis & water retention, then I really do feel for you! Ever since I started my periods (aged 13) I'd thought I'd been suffering from water infections. However I went to the doctor & she told me I had cystitis, which can flare up during your period. I also was told I was carrying a lot of water retention, which is basically when you're tummy swells up & looks very bloated when you're on! To combat these things I was told to drink lots of water & herbal tea. I also tried cranberry juice, which studies have shown it's antibacterial properties can help stop cystitis from reoccurring.
If you are experiencing exceptionally bad symptoms such as chronic period pain or an usually heavy flow then it's always a good idea to visit your doctor or gynecologist. It may be nothing, or if it's something that you're having to deal with regularly your doctor may suggest going on to a contraceptive pill to help ease your symptoms.
What causes PMS?
Researchers have still not found the exact cause of PMS symptoms, however they believe it is due to an imbalance of hormones during your time of the month.
- PMS symptoms can start as early a 10 days before menstruation
- PMS is more common in women over 30
- Although PMS is a troublesome thing to have to deal with, it won't actually kill you!
- Some women have reported heightened senses such as smell & taste during their period!
- PMS can sometimes be mistaken for depression. If you're worrying about this, go see your doctor.
- It's all in your imagination. - It most certainly isn't & PMS can have a lot of mental and physical effects.
- PMS is contagious. - No you can't "catch" PMS!
- You lose a pint of blood during your period. - This again is not true. You normally lose up to 4 teaspoons of blood during your period.
- PMS means there's something seriously wrong with me. - Wrong! Every women will experience some form of PMS in their lifetime. It's all part of being a woman unfortunately!
- If I don't start my periods at the same time as my friends is there something wrong with me? - Not at all! Many girls worry about when they're going to get their first period, but it's different for everyone. It'll happen when it's supposed to. And then you'll end up wondering what all the fuss was about!
I hope this post has helped any of you facing the mid-month blues! Let me know about your experiences with PMS! Hope you all have a great tuesday!