PMT (Premenstrual Tension)
PMT refers to the symptoms that many women experience in the days leading up to their period.
There are numerous symptoms, both physical and emotional, associated with this condition.
Common symptoms of PMT/PMS
- Mood swings
- Sleep problems and tiredness
- Crying for no particular reason
- Being unreasonable
- Losing your temper easily
- Feeling aggressive
- Fluid retention
- Breast tenderness
- Feeling bloated
- Weight gain
Many women suffer from PMT symptoms either in a minor or a major way
If you are one of those women who feels you become a "monster" before your period then you're not alone. Many women feel that they turn into someone they don't recognise and afterwards they feel ashamed and horrified at their behaviour.
Partners and children tend to bear the worst of it as women can behave in a way that is totally irrational at this time.
Women don't want to behave this way, but at the time it feels that you have no control, that you can't change, even though you want to. It's afterwards that the guilt and remorse kick in!
- Pay attention to your physical health by eating healthily and taking regular exercise.
- Avoid stress by being prepared. Identify your PMT time cycle and symptoms then look at ways to to help you cope better.
- Reduce your work load where possible, get more help from your partner, arrange for the children to visit grandparents or friends so you can have more time to yourself.
- Pamper yourself and plan treats to look forward to.
- Talk about how you feel. It's much easier for your nearest and dearest to tolerate unreasonable behaviour if they understand it.
- Try taking supplements such as B6 or Evening Primrose Oil to alleviate symptoms.
Help with coping through the menopause can be found in the Older Years section of this site.