Much has been said and reported about the menstrual cycle. Advertisements for sanitary napkins and tampons like to believe that periods are a good time for women to swim, wear whites, or even ride horses.
But while we're all for doing away with the taboos surrounding menstruation, it remains to be said that no amount of sugar-coating is going to take away the sheer discomfort and pain that periods come with.
How often have you joked about getting rid of your ovaries during your periods? It's almost like you're being punished by nature for NOT getting pregnant. As if that wasn't enough, the days leading up to your period can be just as annoying. In fact, for some, the days before the third-degree torture begins can be absolutely unbearable.
Yes. Premenstrual Syndrome, aka the PMS struggle, is real. So if you just feel like crawling into a hole and howling yourself to sleep for a few days every month, then you are not alone.
Here are 8 PMS struggles that you will definitely relate to:
Emotions are on a roller-coaster ride!
"I like you. I hate you. I want ice cream. Go away. Come here. Bring food."
It's almost as if your emotions are on steroids. You can cry at any moment. Chances are, you may not even know why those tears are running down your cheeks. Just about anything can annoy you. People you normally like may annoy you by just breathing next to you.
Not to forget, all that passive aggression you didn't even know you were capable of.
Don't worry! Food gets you
You're basically a binge-eating maniac for a few days. Junk food, jars of Nutella, Mayonnaise, ice cream, grapes, just scoops of salt or even just regular homemade food. Anything will do!
You want to eat anything and everything in your way. The threat level is so high that if you don't get your hands on something to munch on soon enough, someone may get hurt. How difficult is it for people to stand around silently and constantly hand you food during those few days?
Responding to the dreaded 'How do you feel?' question
You want to know what it feels like to have PMS? It feels like an elephant is sitting on top of your uterus. It feels like nothing in the world can stop this one week of torture every month. WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME THIS RIGHT NOW? The question may also trigger tears. Aww, how sweet of you to ask about my health.
Darn you, hormones!
Has it begun?
How often have you wished you were a bottle of ketchup so you could just whack the bottom to get it all done and over with?
If there's anything more annoying than periods, it is a late period! The prolonged PMS symptoms can drive you nuts.
Work place struggles
You suddenly feel completely undervalued at the job you normally love. Again, there are times you might just hate everyone who looks way too happy. You're so cranky that you might want to quit your job and go to a land far, far away.
Sometimes your well-meaning colleagues and their pats of empathy don't go down well either. But they understand. Right?
Then there are those awkward moments where you bond with the colleagues you barely talk to over your shared period woes. Only to forget all about them once your week is over.
Those annoying zits
Your face practically looks like a vegetable farm. No, not a picturesque one. Your oil glands go into overdrive, your pores blow up, and cystic zits emerge. Ugh!
When some asks you to stop complaining
If you could only get away with murdering anyone who says the words, "Relax, it is only periods".
This may even make you more upset than you were. In the words of Rachel Green: "No Uterus, No opinion".
You NEVER get used to it
Just like your periods, you never really get used to your PMS either, no matter how old you are. You may have your hot water bottles and pain killers and comfort food to fall back on, but while they help soothe the pain a bit, no one seems to know how to control your raging emotions, courtesy PMS.
No matter how closely you track your menstrual cycle, PMS will hit you in the gut every month and will manage to take you by complete surprise.
Thank you, Mother Nature. Just thanks.