Why am I Always Feeling Emotional Before a Period?
There are many reasons why you might be feeling emotional before a period.
If you are constantly feeling emotional before a period, you are not alone.
Your monthly friend, Aunt Flo, is coming to visit. However you refer to it, you have PMS, which affects every woman differently. PMS, otherwise known as premenstrual syndrome, is a collection of symptoms that occurs in the week or weeks before your period. Some people feel nothing, while others experience a barrage of physical and emotional symptoms — the big one being feeling emotional before a period. You might feel sad, irritable, anxious, and tired. You might look and feel bloated. No matter how you slice it, PMS isn’t something people who have periods look forward to.
That time of the month is a downer in more ways than one!
What is PMS?
Hormonal fluctuations are the cause of PMS — the ones that happen during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Ovulation, which occurs halfway through the cycle, is when the body releases an egg, causing estrogen and progesterone levels to drop. It is this shift that causes PMS symptoms, both physically and emotionally. Hormones also influence serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter in charge of your mood. When hormone levels are out of sync, so are your emotions. When serotonin is low, you may have feelings of sadness and irritability.
Keeping track of your emotions during your cycle will help you identify these feelings. Pinpointing whether or not these feelings are indeed linked to PMS is important to know. Keeping a log and then talking to your doctor will also help them decide if medication, like antidepressants, are needed or if you could instead practice simple lifestyle changes, such as: getting enough sleep, exercising, managing stress and eating healthy. Birth control can be helpful for some people, because it can help regulate the cycle and decrease bloating and other physical symptoms.
If you are feeling emotional before a period, you are not alone. The symptoms will subside after you start your period, but dealing with them in the meantime is no easy task. Consult with your doctor about your options and seek support. Feelings of sadness and depression can be overwhelming feelings. Find someone you can trust, reach out, and know that there is help.
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