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How Does the Menstrual Cycle Affect Emotional Life?

90% of women experience some form of emotional symptom during their menstrual cycle, so PMS is a normal occurrence..

During premenstrual syndrome (PMS) there is a wide range of emotional symptoms including mood swings, irritability, anxiety, stress, and gloominess.

Premenstrual syndrome affects a woman or menstruators emotional life from generally a week before bleeding to right when bleeding begins, but it can be different depending on each person.

Menstrual cycle symptoms like gloominess, anxiety, stress, irritability, and any other mood swings are a monthly frustration for most women, but for some, severe PMS can be a debilitating occurrence.  Thankfully, there are changes from lifestyle shifts to a new supplement that can help women harness their emotional premenstrual syndrome.

Why does PMS occur?

PMS can cause a wild roller coaster of emotions and can go up and down in the same day.  These mood swings occur during the last phase of the menstrual cycle, the luteal phase that commences right after ovulation.  Then once bleeding occurs, the ups and downs of mood swings usually go away.

The most common of these mood swings are anxiety, stress, gloominess, and irritability.  And these shifts in emotions are part of the rise and fall of hormones in the body during the cycle of menstruation.  There are rises and falls of estrogen, the levels start to rise when  the period ends and after it will peak after about two weeks.  Then the estrogen levels will completely go away and rise and drop again right before menstruation.  There are still some questions as to why PMS occurs, but hormonal rises and falls are thought to cause the changes in emotions.

There is also a link between dropping serotonin levels (the sort of sugar in the brain) and the luteal phase of the cycle.  Lower serotonin levels have been linked to irritability, cravings for sugar, and depression, all symptoms that we find during PMS.  Think about when you get hangry or you crave that chocolate bar during PMS. This is your brain trying to regulate those sugar levels that are dropping at this time.

What is Severe PMS?

PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a more severe version of PMS and needs treatment from a doctor.  PMDD occurs in around three to eight percent of menstruators and these women become clinically depressed in the week or two before their periods.  For these women, PMS hampers their ability to function in their job and relationships.  It needs proper medical treatment.  If you feel that you have PMDD visit your doctor for help.

How Can You Treat PMS?

For many menstruators, there are solutions for helping alleviate some of the mood swings through lifestyle changes and supplements.

The first big lifestyle change is exercising.  Physical activity not only helps with endorphins, chemicals that help you feel better that are released during exercise, but it can help with some of the hormone changes too.  Try getting some physical cardio in like running, biking, or even walking.

Avoid alcohol, sugar, and caffeine.  Stay away from caffeine during your period because it can help you to sleep better and reduce the anxiety that it can generate.  And you don’t want your sugar levels to go up and down so stay away from those treats.

Try a supplement that helps with the emotional side of PMS.  Taking a supplement with the ingredient found in the Krebs Cycle, oxaloacetate, is the new solution to helping with the symptoms of anxiety, stress, irritability, and gloominess.  In clinical trials, when women took oxaloacetate to help their PMS, 80% of women cut down the symptoms of mood swings by over 50%.  If you want to live your life without the fear of the monster of mood swings overtaking you, supplementing with oxaloacetate might be the solution for you.

When supplementing with oxaloacetate, it works to regulate the glutamate (sugar) levels in your brain, so you’re not on a roller coaster with the highs and lows of sugar crashing.  Oxaloacetate instead helps to make the peaks and valleys not so high with more rolling hills.

Supplementing with oxaloacetate may be your solution to regulating your mood swings during PMS.