Guys have no idea

If men were to have PMS, I am sure that:

a) They would have found a way to ‘cure’ it already

b) They’d be able to take at least a day off each month for it

c) It would be included under ‘temporary insanity’ and would absolve them from any crime they might commit at ‘that time of the month’.

Yes, my frustrating week last week was partly due to my hormones. While I did definitely encounter more than my fair share of incompetent muppets, I’d normally be able to take them in my stride.

I started on the Pill years and years ago in order to level out my hormones and because, franky, I was an utter nightmare to be around for a few days each month. If I take my Pill religiously at the same time every day (progesterone only – oestrogen gives me migraines), my PMS symptoms are much reduced and life is good. Last week, I was a few hours late with a couple of pills… nightmare.

I get pretty bad PMS – fatigue, sore breasts, bloating, headaches – but worst of all is the way my hormones play havoc with my emotions. Within the space of 5 minutes I can go from wanting to rip someone’s arm off in anger, to bursting into a pathetic puddle of tears. Oprah, rush hour traffic and stores that don’t stock EXACTLY what I want must all be avoided! The smallest things get me riled up or teary.

The worst part is that I know I’m being a bitch / pathetic but there is nothing I can do about it. The emotions are so overwhelming I know I just have to remove myself from people until it passes. This is one time when living on my own is a really good thing* – I can avoid people for a day or so until I’m back to normal. 🙂

Anyone else out there get this type of PMS? How do you handle it?

* There are infinite good reasons for living on my own, not just this one!

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2 thoughts on “Guys have no idea

  1. Hi! This is my first time at your blog!

    If men had to go through ANY of the things that women are expected to endure, from pelvic exams to periods, I think the world would be a very different place. I’m endlessly shocked by how much pain and discomfort we’re expected to take in stride because it’s “normal.”

    While I don’t have PMS quite as severe as what I think you’re describing, I definitely feel more irritable and sometimes more weepy around that time, plus I have some unpleasant physical symptoms. I’m not a doctor or anything, so this isn’t medical advice, but have you considered progesterone cream? Most PMS symptoms are supposed to be signs of an estrogen imbalance (i.e., too much estrogen), so adding some progesterone is supposed to help. I understand the cream form is more natural than the synthetic progesterone (aka, progestin) in pills, and applying it isn’t tied to a strict time schedule. Again, I’m not a doctor, so ask yours if you’re interested, but I’ve found some relief from this.

  2. Hey Singletude – thanks for visiting and for your comment. I enjoy your blog 🙂 Thanks also for the suggestion – I will ask my doctor when I see him next. I am all for something that’s natural – it’s a bit worrying popping chemicals all the time…

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