To a woman, the bleeding and cramps she has to endure because of her monthly visitor are not at all funny. Some women even have to go through irritating and painful “signs” before the actual period starts.
For a guy, trying to understand a woman having PMS symptoms is near impossible; but for all women, they understand each other’s pain. They know it can be as painful as giving birth.
There are more than 150 signs connected to PMS, and women have their own kinds of stories to tell about these symptoms, ranging from irksome to gross.
What causes PMS remains a mystery, even though its symptoms have always been evident. Studies claim that its based on hormonal changes that take place during menstrual cycle. Fluid retention and chemical changes in the brain may also have something to do with it.
Aside from the common symptoms like bloating and crankiness, there are additional things a woman can experience due to PMS. Some of them, however, are too rare and just plain bizarre. But don’t worry, it’s all normal; and in case it makes you feel better, know that you’re not the only one having those symptoms.
PMS can cause insane mood swings and make you feel like you’re going crazy. With that, we share some more bizarre PMS signs you might have never heard of.
You find it impossible to concentrate
During the days nearing your period, even the simplest of all tasks can be overwhelming for you. Your mind is clouded with all sorts of thoughts, and you find it hard to focus on one thing.
It has a scientific explanation behind it all, but at the end of the day, it’s all because your brain is steeping in a hormonal stew. Some women are not aware of this fact and tend to believe that they’re experiencing some other emotional/mental ailment and that it has nothing to do with their menstrual cycle. Well, if you’re one of those who easily lose self-confidence, give yourself a break. You don’t suck, you’re just having some PMS symptoms.
You’re having those dreadful sleepless nights
If you’re single and you’re having a hard time sleeping at night, you might think it’s because you’re in love or lonely. Hate to break it to you, but it can be that it’s just one of those bizarre PMS signs.
Feeling insomniac when you’re close to having your monthly period is due to your fluctuating hormones. The fluctuating levels of progesterone and estrogen that regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle affects her ability to fall asleep. To save yourself from having those big eye bags, try to do little exercises or go for a jog. It will help you have a good night’s sleep.
This is the answer to the question why on some days you feel very brave while at other times you feel like a pathetic frail girl. Well, it is somehow part of your PMS.
According to Ashley Oerman of WomensHealth.gov, “The hypothesis is that high estrogen levels trigger your liver to make hormones that affect the kidneys and cause fluid retention in your body and possibly your brain, which could make it hard for you to keep your balance. . . ”
Your hands and feet are puffy
If you have ever noticed, your stomach isn’t the only thing bloating when your period is about to start. This too is caused by fluid retention.
The best thing you can do is to drink plenty of water and avoid eating salty foods. Elevating your feet will also help so the fluid can drain properly.
Your poop becomes weird-looking too
Prostaglandins, a hormone-like compound, trigger the uterus to contract. These hormones are what caused that unpleasant thing you see on the toilet bowl after you discharge.
Too many of this hormone can make you race to the bathroom while lack of it will leave you constipated for several days. So don’t blame your previous meal the next time you encounter this messy problem.
Plucking your eyebrows causes you so much pain
You can be overly susceptible to pain when you’re having PMS. So it’s advisable to just avoid any waxing treatment or even any sort of plucking a week before your menstruation starts because it is around this time that your pain receptors become more sensitive.