symptoms of pms

What’s the deal with PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)?

Someone asked us:

I have not been diagnosed, but after reading the symptoms and accounts from many people who have a uterus, I’m almost positive I have premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It’s wreaking havoc on my school work, my relationships, my mental state, and my ability to function, but seeing medications like Prozac and Zoloft scare me. Will a doctor believe me, or will I be perpetuating the angry PMS stereotype? And is it possible hormonal birth control alone would help?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is no joke, and from what you’ve described, it would probably help to talk with a doctor or nurse about your symptoms.

Both PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and PMDD are very real, and I’m so sorry if worrying about people’s attitudes has held you back from getting treatment. You deserve to be listened to and to have a professional work with you to feel better.

Most people who menstruate have some PMS symptoms, like cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, and mood changes before or during their period — like being quicker to tears, more irritable, or feeling crummy overall. But some extra self-care is usually all it takes to get through it.

PMDD is much more severe and debilitating, and as it seems to be in your case, disruptive to relationships, school, and work.

There are 2 things you can do if you’re worried that you might have PMDD.

  1. Make an appointment with a doctor or nurse. You can visit a general practitioner (i.e. primary care or family doctor or nurse), a gynecologist (like a gyn at your local Planned Parenthood health center), or a psychiatrist. Ask about your doctor’s familiarity with PMDD diagnosis and treatment before making an appointment.
  2. Keep track of your symptoms — both emotional and physical — from cycle to cycle, including timing and how severe they are. That way you can tell a doctor or nurse exactly what’s been going on.

There’s no test that can tell you for sure whether you have PMDD, so it can take awhile to diagnose. When you visit your doctor, they may take some blood tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms. They may ask you questions about any history with anxiety or depression you might have had in the past.

There’s no single treatment that’s right for all PMDD patients, either. Some people get help from antidepressant medicines, but that’s not the case for everyone — and those medicines definitely don’t have to be the first treatment you try if that’s not your thing. Hormonal birth control is another very common treatment — including birth control pills that are FDA-approved to treat PMDD or methods that help eliminate your periods altogether.

Some other PMDD treatments include lifestyle changes, diet changes, vitamins and herbal supplements, and hormone therapies. In extremely rare cases, PMDD can be so severe and resistant to other treatments that patients opt for a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (removal of uterus or ovaries).

Get help now and don’t look back. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can help.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood

PSA about PMDD

I just had to post this. I had to get the word out about something that needs to be more widely known and understood.

First of all,

PMS is not a joke. It is horrible and shitty to have to go through.

Second of all,

PMDD is different and is also not a joke.

Now let me explain for those who don’t know. PMDD stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Let’s look at those words more closely. 

Premenstrual: Roughly speaking the two-week period leading up to a woman’s menstruation every month.

Dysphoric: Dysphoria is described as being “a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction. In a psychiatric context, dysphoria may accompany depression, anxiety, or agitation.” And can often indicate an increased risk for suicide.

Disorder:  many clinicians will describe psychiatric disorders as deviant, distressful, and dysfunctional patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors

NOW, lets break down disorder into those 3 parts

        Deviant: thoughts or behaviors that are different from most of the rest of a given cultural context

        Distress: a subjective feeling that something is really very wrong

        Dysfunction: when a person’s ability to work, and live is clearly and often measurably impaired.

These 3 things are what the field of psychology would like to call the criteria for diagnosing someone with a mental or behavioral illness. That last one in particular. Now that was a lot of info so how about I make this all a little bit more visual…

So now that you understand what PMDD means and that it is a real diagnosable illness, lets take a look at what it means to live with it.

PMDD was added to the DSM in its most recent addition in 2013, the DSM5 lists the following 11 symptoms as characteristic of PMDD

·      Marked lability (e.g., mood swings)

·      Marked irritability or anger

·      Markedly depressed mood

·      Marked anxiety and tension

·      Decreased interest in usual activities

·      Difficulty in concentration

·      Lethargy and marked lack of energy

·      Marked change in appetite (e.g., overeating or specific food cravings)

·      Hypersomnia or insomnia

·      Feeling overwhelmed or out of control

·       Physical symptoms (e.g., breast tenderness or swelling, joint or muscle pain, a sensation of ‘bloating’ and weight gain)

Speaking as someone who has been diagnosed with this by an actual doctor, I can say that PMDD is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with, when I am not in the premenstrual period I am constantly thinking about how far away from it I am. I plan things around it because I can, because it comes every month like clockwork. All I can do is try and enjoy my self for the two weeks every month when I am not in absolute hell. And when it comes, everything is a struggle. I have to force myself to go to class, force myself to talk to people, force myself to shower, brush my teeth and do anything other than pull myself out of crying fits and into numbness, out of anxiety attacks and into the temptation to self harm. 

After it is all over I try and move on and recover and live my life to the fullest until it comes back but that is all I can hope for. A half life.

So let me reiterate, PMDD is not ajoke. If those symptoms or my testament hit a little too close to home, please share your concerns with a doctor and get a formal diagnosis and treatment. And for everyone else, all I ask is that you spread awareness and try to think twice the next time you think about accusing a girl of PMSing because ever since 2013 this has been a bona fide mental illness. We as a society can not claim that we are working towards reducing the stigma on mental illnesses if we are only doing so for a select few on a list of many.

Please reblog and spread awareness.

Our menstrual cycle isn’t designed to be miserable. Periods should be without incident every 28 days without fail, shutting off by day 5, lasting no longer than 6 days, with a peak at day three, with a light to moderate flow. If this isn’t happening to you, then your estrogen is too low and you need to get it up and cycled properly.

PMS, PMDD, PCOS, and Endometriosis are all estrogen deficiency diseases and will go away once the estrogen deficiency issue is addressed. If your practitioner keeps telling you it’s “normal” and prescribes you something to treat the symptoms, find another practitioner who will take this seriously.

PMS, PMDD, PCOS, and Endometriosis may be normal but they don’t have to be.

M is for Menstruation (13/26)

Fandom: Star Trek (AOS/TOS)
Prompt: Fic 13 of 26 in the CMO’s Log – A to Z series.  Click here for a listing of all the fics in this series!  M is for Menstruation.
Word Count: 
talk of PMS symptoms, slight suggestive theme at the end, fluff otherwise.
Rating:  Teen+.
Author’s Note: This prompt was requested by @yourtropegirl !  Let’s be honest, we could all use this kind of TLC once a month. 

CMO’s Log – A to Z – M is for Menstruation

Leonard McCoy is a brilliant boyfriend, and an even better physician.  With the perfect balance of those two traits, he’s been watching you for months, keeping notes on the subtle ways in which you always behave differently under the influence of hormones.

You can feel his eyes on you when you sit down to breakfast with an extra helping of whatever it is you’re in the mood for on that given day.  You know he’s paying attention when you white-knuckle the console you’re bending over as the cramping in your lower back and abdomen gets borderline unbearable. You can tell he’s noticed the swings in your temperament.

To his credit, he hasn’t mentioned any of it. You can tell that he’s considered bringing it up, but his tact has kept him from being forward.  Similarly, you’ve considered bringing it to him, too, but talking to your lover about such intimate issues just feels like it would be too awkward and would take the romance right out of your relationship. So, you suffer in silence.

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Mineral Mondays: Moonstone

Other names: Hecatolit, Chandrakanta, Feldspath Nacré


Moonstone is a type of Feldspar that has excellent light diffracting qualities. The ancient Romans considered moonstone to be solidified moonlight. Deposits of moonstone are found in Armenia, Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Myanmar, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka, and the United States. 

It is currently the state gem for Florida to commemorate the Moon landings, though it does not naturally occur there. 


Astrological Sign: Cancer
Chakra: brow
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Gods/Goddesses: Most Lunar Deities, Diana, Selene, Artemis, Isis, Chandra


Body: It cleanses the lymphatic system and strengthens the immune system and helps fight signs of aging giving the wearer a youthful glow.

Mind: Moonstone cleanses and strengthens the aura helping the wearer feel more energetic and positive. It is also said to help stabilize emotions, prevent mood swings and hormonal imbalances as well as relieve PMS symptoms.

Magick: Moonstone can be worn to attract true love and arouse passion. Wearing moonstone can help protect sensitive emotions. It can also be worn to enhance divination and encourage prophetic dreams and pleasant dreams and to prevent nightmares. It is an excellent focal point for meditation and can also be used for scrying. It represents the yin, so it attracts peaceful energy and brings about a calm, balanced state. Typically, Moonstone is protective of travelers, particularly at night and/or by sea and is considered generally lucky.

Tips for Use:

If you give your lover a moonstone necklace under the light of the full moon, there will always be passion between you. It is also useful to help settle disagreements between lovers and return the relationship to a peaceful status.

Sewn into garments, moonstone is said to enhance fertility.


Moonstone is relatively soft stone, 6 on the Mohs scale, so it should be handled with care as it can be easily scratched or crushed.  It can be cleaned with plain water and a soft cloth. If it gets scratched, take it to a jeweler to have it polished out. Charge your moonstone in the light of of the waxing moon and keep it out of direct sunlight.


Feldspars like moonstone contain aluminum which should not be ingested. However, tumbled moonstone is safe to wear as jewelry and hold in the hand, even for long periods. It should not be crushed and added to elixers. Always wear a mask and take care not to inhale the dust when grinding and engraving moonstone.

Chocolate Banana Cashew Smoothie:

PMS Symptom Soother

The smoothie is made with Greek yogurt and chocolate soy milk to not only satisfy chocolate cravings but also provide calcium, which has been shown to help reduce PMS. There’s also fiber-rich spinach, full of B vitamins such as riboflavin and thiamine, proven to decrease PMS symptoms. The banana and cashews offer magnesium, which relieves bloating and constipation and also eases cramps. Then throw in some avocado, since studies show healthy fats can also reduce symptoms, and sip PMS goodbye.


3 oz. nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
½ frozen banana
¼ avocado
½ cup spinach
½ cup chocolate soy milk
1/8 cup raw cashews
½ cup water

For garnish:
3 dark chocolate chips


  1. Add ingredients to a blender (save three cashews for topping) and mix until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass.
  3. Chop remaining cashews and chocolate chips, sprinkle on the top, and enjoy.

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This episode of Yoga Matters has easy yoga moves for relieving some of the most nagging symptoms of PMS!

anonymous asked:

hey since going vegan have your periods gotten lighter? i've been vegan for almost a year and mine are still very heavy and i get the worst cramps😩😩😩😩

some people’s get lighter and some people’s don’t - it varies person to person.

mine certainly got lighter: when i went vegetarian my periods went from 7 days of regular/heavy flow to 7 days of light/regular flow, and when i went vegan from there it decreased to like 5-6 days and no cramps. a few of my friends have generally the same experience. but i know someone who went vegan a like a year ago too who still has a really heavy flow + terrible PMS symptoms :/

tbh i think the biggest thing that’s affected my menstrual cycle is exercise + birth control, though, not veganism.

i’d recommend talking to your doctor if you’re concerned! :)

Teas for any situation.

(Part 1 of…?)

Need an emotional uplift? Try Earl Grey. The citrus notes can provide you with a refreshed perspective and can lift your spirit.

Stressed? Try some lavender or chamomile. I recommend lavender, however, because I personally enjoy lavender tea more than chamomile. That being said…

Lady-time problems? Chamomile is the way to go. Chamomile has been recommended for women with PMS for cramps. Obviously, this is not a replacement for actual medication. If your cramps or PMS symptoms are really debilitating, no amount of chamomile will help. Please seek medical help if you need it.

Allergies? I recommend vervain. According to some herbalists I had the privilege of speaking with, people in Southern France use vervain to treat allergies by making a tea with vervain.

Need magical protection? Vervain once again is your friend. Vervain offers a strong magical protection, and, if sweetened with honey (a binding agent), can make the protection last just a tad longer.

*disclaimer: tea, of course, cannot replace any professional medical advice. If you have a serious medical problem, please consult your physician. 

The PMS symptoms are so strong now & every time I wake up period free is a great blessing.  Everything points to positive except the damn pregnancy test.

June Layout

I wanted to show you all how I set up my journal for June. I meant to show you before I started to fill out the monthly calendar, but I got on a roll and kept writing. My apologies. 

Here is my monthly calendar. I bought stickers from Michaels that have a lot of good labels and all of the holidays. I put a small habit tracker on the bottom of the page. I also left room on the right side for notes and reminders. 

This is how I laid out my weekly calendars. I keep track of my water intake, all of my meals, and if I do my morning and nightly exercises. I also leave spaces for my appointments, notes, and goals. 

Along with my calendars, I keep a monthly log on my period. I highly recommend this to every girl! I list off my PMS symptoms, my period related symptoms, and the heaviness of my flow. This technique comes in handy when you have irregular periods or just need to keep track in case something happens. 

I have all of the PMS symptoms but no period. Had no period last month as well. 


All I can think of is Polycystic ovarian disease and premature menopause, just like my 30 year old cousin. 

I’m so paranoid.

A Month in the Life of TTC

Day 1: Well FUCK.

Day 2: Ok body. This is the month it’s going to happen.

Days 3-9: OMG being a woman fucking sucks.

Day 10: Half-hearted sex, cause there’s basically no chance at this point, but let’s do it justincase.

Day 11: Regroup for the fuckfest ahead.

Days 12-16: A flurry of sex and lying on your back with your ass in the air.

Day 17: Our privates need a break.

Day 18: One more half-hearted attempt becauseyouneverknow.

Days 19-21: Can’t muster the motivation to shave my legs, or anything else.

Days 22-27: Is that a pregnancy symptom, or PMS? Think I’lll Google “early pregnancy symptoms” for the 11-thousandth time and calculate my estimated due date based on my last period. Again. Must resist the urge to test early.

Day 28. There’s no way I’m pregnant. But then again, I could totally be pregnant. But I’m not. But there’s a chance. If I don’t have full-on bleeding in a couple days I’ll test.

Day 1: Well FUCK. Wait, is that implantation bleeding? No, it’s a period. FUCK.

period tips: dark chocolate is your best friend.  it helps soothe cravings, cramps, pms symptoms, and contains endorphins that make you happy!  it can also make your periods lighter and give you energy.  it soothes cravings, cramps, and pms because it includes magnesium.  while you’re at it, have a glass of milk, too.  maybe some ice cream.  foods rich in calcium, like milk and ice cream, reduce muscle spasms which leads to fewer cramps.  and always remember to stay hydrated.

anyone who tries to say that pms symptoms aren’t real is a fucked up dismissive liar who obviously hasn’t menstruated before because I am about to cry and also scream at my boyfriend and my boss about everything I hate about them, also being the only girl working at a startup is the most harrowing experience like I am condescended to more on a daily basis than I ever was standing behind a register

Disabled Witch Tip #12

This might be TMI for some, so just close your eyes. However, if you suffer from severe PMS symptoms like I do, look into taking evening primrose oil (regularly, not just during your cycle). I’m not suffering nearly as much. I’m still uncomfortable and sleepy but I’m not throwing up or taking narcotics to survive the week. Look into it. I’m really pleasantly surprised. It’s a gelcap pill you can get in vitamin stores. They just take the oil and put it in pill form for easy access. I take 1,000 mg per day, which is a 500 mg pill at lunch and a 500 mg pill at dinner. I filed this under my disabled witch tips because my severe symptoms are related to the fact that I can’t get up and walk around to calm the pain and stuff.


If cis-men had PMS and periods, there would be SO MUCH information about symptoms and loads and loads of treatments. Instead, googling why I sometimes get dizzy just leads to lots of useless pages saying it’s “normal” (I know, thanks) and that it should “pass in a few days” and to make sure I have a “healthy lifestyle” (I can deadlift 175 lbs and sleep 8 hrs a night, thnx). It also took until I has been having my period for over 20 years to know that your period/PMS symptoms can be different depending on which ovary releases the egg. 

Seriously, “take an advil and rest” for 2-6 days a @$@%ing month?! Really people? We can’t do better than that? 

Also there is still a tax on tampons. 


OK, rant over, thank you, goodnight. 

You know what sucks? They teach in a 300 level college anatomy course that cramps and bloating and cravings and mood swings and everything occur before you get your period. And they fucking teach that it magically stops when your period begins. Excuse me if I’m wrong, but I have never met anyone where this is the case.

I mean think about it. You get cramps because the uterus is contracting. It is constantly pushing blood and other fun stuff out DURING THE WEEK OF YOUR PERIOD. THE SYMPTOMS OF PMS DON’T STOP AT MENSTRUATION. NOW WHO’S THE IDIOT WHO WROTE THIS? WHY IS THIS ACCEPTED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD? WHY ARE YOU TEACHING THIS IN A 300 LEVEL COLLEGE CLASS?

Even if it is true for one person, there are many many people this isn’t true for, and we shouldn’t be teaching it as if it is true for everyone. I am really disappointed that this is the way this is being taught.