I wanted to write a post about how periods affect our mental health, so I decided I was going to write a small series of these blog posts because it’s way too much for me to go into in one blog post. For me personally my mental health is affected quite massively by my periods and I know a lot of other people experience the same thing. The thing is with the topic surrounding periods is it is still such a taboo subject even in more of an modern era, people don’t seem to like talking about periods even though it happens to every girl/women throughout there lifetime.
Within society talking about periods had become such a taboo subject just like talking about mental health is. But why is talking about periods so like this just because blood comes out of women’s vagina 7days a month, this might be different for different people but this is the case for me.
How does my period affect my mental health ?
The biggest thing I notice about my mental health when I’m on my period is definitely the mood swings and my emotions being all of the place, but this is one thing which is part of having a period anyway. But when your mental health isn’t the most stable anyway your period can really mess it around. One minute I could be the happiest person having a really good day enjoying life, the next minute I’m hating myself and everything about the day. Welcome to having periods and mental health.
It’s not just the mental impacts periods bring, it’s the physical as well. Which can affect your mental health, in terms of me i suffer with horrendous stomach cramps and leg cramps which just generally makes you feel all types of urghh. Then you get the cravings for food, then the next minute your thinking I just eat all of that how disgusting am I.
How can periods affect people’s mental health ?
Periods affect people’s health in several different ways from experiencing headaches stomach cramps and bloating, but a lot of the time people forgot that periods bring along mental symptoms too such as moodiness, sad, happy and angry. Periods aren’t all about the physical symptoms they can affect women in mental ways too in which people don’t understand. A lot of women when they are on there periods they feel very alone and sad, with mood swings constantly.
One thing I suffer with a lot when I’m on my period is my anxiety is a lot worse when I’m on period, the smallest thing makes me anxious, I get irritated by the smallest things it could be the stupidest thing ever but it irritates me and I’m like that for the whole day as stupid as it sounds 😂 yes people periods mess with your head and your emotions.
Getting emotional a lot is definitely something I struggle with when I’m on my period because it could be something like something hadn’t gone to plan within the day and because I’m unhappy with, I’ll end up crying. For example the other day one of my blog posts was suppose to be scheduled for 5pm as I was going out and wasn’t going to have time to to upload it, so when I got back at like 7pm I realised it hadn’t even uploaded and because that has annoyed me I ended up crying. See the most smallest things end up making me cry when I’m on my period.
So why does periods affect your mental health ?
(Yes this is going to be a bit textbook) when we are on our periods your hormones are all over the place some hormone levels may be up where as others may be down. When theses hormone levels rise and fall this is when it can affect how we feel and think.
Premenstrual syndrome (pms) – PMS normally happens a couple of weeks before you actually come on your period so basically the before effects of your period, which can cause headaches bloating and moodiness. It is know that Women with depression or anxiety disorders may experience worse symptoms of PMS. This is generally because the symptoms of mental health illnesses can be very similar to PMS symptoms. If you would like to know more about this go to this website, this is also where I got the information from to inform people( sorry if this bores you). I actually suffer quite bad with PMS so when I was reading up on this it made me more aware of why I suffer with worse symptoms, my anxiety definitely makes mine worse.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – I have no knowledge in this section so i do not want to tell you things which could be false or misleading, so if you follow this link it will inform you better than I would.
I hope you have all found this post informative and interesting to read but just to know that you are not alone and that other people suffer with there metal health when they are on there periods.
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