If you have a period, it’s highly likely that you experience some form of Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. Food cravings? Sudden irritability? Overwhelmed with emotions? Yup, they’re all symptoms – and are very commonly experienced by women everywhere. Basically, it’s totally normal, and you are not alone.
However, it completely baffles me that the issues surrounding women experiencing symptoms of PMS are still so taboo, when 1 in 20 women experience symptoms that are severe enough to stop them going about their daily lives like normal. The symptoms are very real, and women aren’t simply “in a mood” when their time of the month comes around, am I right?
Spending a 9am-6pm day at uni/work when I’m wound up, bloated, and severely irritable just is not fun. Queue the massive hormonal break-out on my face that no concealer could possibly cover. Plus, constantly craving something that resembles a deep fried pizza covered in melted chocolate is rather distracting when I’m going about my daily life. Basically, PMS is the bane of my life on week 3 of my cycle, and it can really mess up my daily routine. Also, I become the sassiest Holly you could possibly imagine.
Not sure what constitutes as a symptom of PMS? Firstly, symptoms are most commonly felt the week before your period begins, and usually continue until the middle of your period week. If you feel any combination of the following, a week before you’re due on, then you’re probably experiencing symptoms of PMS:
– Breast Pain
– Mood Swings
– Food Cravings
– Skin Outbreaks
There are many symptoms of PMS that I myself didn’t even know about. Headaches, forgetfulness, and increases levels of anxiety – There are both physical and emotional effects of PMS, and different women will experience them to different degrees. Plus, age and lifestyle does make a difference to the type of PMS, and how intense the effects of PMS can be. Plus, these emotional/psychological effects can affect my ability to process information and perform to deadlines, which is so important in my final Masters year of my Mechanical Engineering degree.
Although experiencing the symptoms of PMS is totally normal for most women, I do go out of my way to try to reduce it as much as possible. Many women find that changing their eating habits, getting a little more sleep, and getting some regular exercise can help to relieve the symptoms when that dreaded time of the month arrives.
About 2 months ago, I heard about a little supplement from Cleanmarine*, called Cleanmarine for Women. Cleanmarine had run 3 month study to test the effectiveness of their Women’s formula on the symptoms of PMS and found that there was a 69% improvement in general PMS symptoms – as if by magic! If you’d like to read more into the trials and tests have a peek here.
Their Cleanmarine For Women contains key PMS symptom-fighting ingredients, including:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – helps to control cravings, & improve anxiety and joint pain.
Soy Isoflavones – helps to ease headaches, cramps and back pain.
Rosemary Oil – for its antidepressive effects.
Vitamin D3 – to alleviate mood disorders
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – to help maintain a healthy heart
Vitamin B2 & B6 – to help maintain healthy skin, energy levels & vision.
So I’ve also been actively incorporating Cleanmarine for Women into my daily routine to boost my body to prepare for my period, and help to reduce the symptoms of my monthly PMS. Rather than just simply “getting on with it” I’m starting to get to know my body, what it needs, and how to combat the symptoms of PMS. Because that’s what it’s all about, helping you feel… well, more like you!
What symptoms of PMS do you struggle with most? How do you deal with it?
*This content has been sponsored by Cleanmarine, however all opinions and views are my own.