Your daughter is growing up and she is having frequent headaches and cramps. You feel helpless and wish you could do something. Don’t worry. Every mother feels this way. In fact, you experience the same symptoms, too.
Why don’t men have to deal with PMS? Anyways, let’s not get into the gender talk now. This month, we have PMS for all the ladies out here. Let’s discuss the painful aspect of what happens when “those days” come and what you should do.
Whether it’s you or your daughter, here is what you should know about premenstrual syndrome…
Premenstrual syndrome is a condition where a woman’s body undergoes physical, mental and psychological changes for some time. Don’t worry. It’s not you. It’s your hormones. Premenstrual syndrome starts when the reproductive stage of a woman’s life begins (marked by menarche, the first menstrual cycle) and continues until she loses her reproductive ability (marked by menopause).
I advise my clients to keep a diary where they can record their day-to-day feelings including any unknown pains. If you maintain a diary and note all what you did and experienced, you will notice that changes occur about a week before your monthly period. This may include unexplained abdominal pains, anxiety, depression, irritable attitude, weight gain, breast tenderness, swelling, and lots more.
Psychologically and physically, that’s a lot of stress. There is a much severe version of this syndrome known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), where symptoms exceed the average that occur in PMS. This is a serious state of mental disorder. To see if you are affected by PMDD, visit http://www.empowher.com/condition/pmdd.
The cause of PMS is not known but from a health specialist perspective, I believe it is due to the unbalanced level of female hormones, namely progesterone and estrogen. Your concern lies in unexplained mood swings, abdominal pain, nausea and other symptoms that come along with PMS. PMS leaves you and your daughter miserable for weeks in a month. The cycle continues, and within two weeks, the symptoms come back again!
The next two weeks ride in an unstable physical and psychological state.