PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome is a bit of a touchy subject. A subject that seems to gather a lot of ‘of she must be on her rags’ comments from the more dense variety of the opposite sex. PMS however is a very real syndrome for a lot of women. Better health Channel says that up to 75% of women experience mild symptoms, while 20-30% experience more severe symptoms that can affect their mental well being.
The symptoms of PMS differ from woman to woman. They can range from the physical such as bloating, weight gain, acne and swollen, tender breasts. Many women also experience emotional symptoms such as decreased self esteem, moodiness, decreased/increased sex drive and anxiety.
There is also there more serious symptom of depression and suicidal ideation. This is a symptom that I experienced. It was horrible. In the week leading up to my period, my depression reached new lows. I couldn’t get out of bed. I didn’t see the point. Many of my suicide attempts coincided with my period. I just couldn’t see the end. Even though I had dealt with this every month, I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. The stress overrode the limited amount of coping mechanisms that I had.
When I was a teenager, one of my psychiatrists warned me to never go on Depo Provera for contraception. After I feel pregnant and had to go cold turkey on all of my medication, I knew that I couldn’t/didn’t want to go through that again. It was a roller coaster of emotions and mood swings. I needed a contraception that I didn’t have to remember to take every day because lets face it, some days I would forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on. I wanted something that I could just do it and then it works and something that wasn’t invasive. I have a lot of scar tissue on my arms, and so I wasn’t able to get the rod in my arm, that left me with Depo.
I do feel some of the effects of the Depo. I have a consistent low mood that I am fighting…however it is much better than the PMS that I used to experience. My crisis points are now further apart, rather than every single month. It gives me time to work on my skills, hone in on the strategies that I already have.
Do you suffer from PMS badly? What are you never fail techniques to help lighten the load each month?
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