It never fails…the 24 hours before I get my period is a roller coaster of emotions.
Sometimes I’m crying.
One night, I was discussing this with my female friends at work. We were all sharing stories and laughing at the things that have happened and the way that we have acted the night before we got our periods.
One of my friends recounted a story of arguing with her husband and running back and forth between the bedroom and the bathroom, locking the respective doors each time.
Another said she would go on endlessly about how no one had any idea how much work she did.
Another described having her anger escalate so much that she was ready to move out of her home.
And yet another, labeled herself “The Crier”, stating, “Every month I just cry.”
What a mess!
What’s behind all of the monthly arguments that have ensued with our significant others and all of the irrational crying?
Why do we continue to do this to ourselves and the people that we love?
My friends and I surmised that it really feels beyond our ability to control all of the pre-period mayhem that each of us have caused on a monthly basis.
There has to be something to it, I thought.
So I did a little research.
On the 14th day of your menstrual cycle, there is a peak in estrogen. While there are lots of benefits to this spike in estrogen, one of the drawbacks is that it can amp up your anxiety and cause you to stress over both big and small issues.
And, if that isn’t bad enough, there’s more…
The final 6 days of your cycle: Estrogen and progesterone plunge
(Quoted from Hormonology)
“As estrogen plunges during this premenstrual week, it can trigger moodiness, sadness, irritability, muscle aches, insomnia, headaches, fatigue and a wide variety of other PMS-related symptoms. Not every woman suffers from premenstrual syndrome and symptoms can be milder or more severe from month to month often due to diet, stress, medications, exercise habits or your body’s personal sensitivity to hormones.”
Well, that explains it! Now I’m feeling just a little less insane and I hope that you are too if you can relate to me and my friends at work.
Now, If someone would figure out a way to add estrogen to wine, the world would certainly be a much better place.
Until then, we’ll all just have to continue to deal with the mayhem, significant others included…well, up until Menopause anyway…but that’s a whole other roller coaster.
At the end of the conversation with my girlfriends, one of my post-menopausal friends said, “God, I miss my period!”
“Are you serious?” I laughed, “After that conversation?”
“Yes.” She replied, “I miss laying on the couch in my pajamas, watching movies and not having to do anything or even make dinner. I do miss all of that.”
“Girl,” I said, “You don’t miss your period at all.”
“I don’t?” she asked.
I laughed, “No, you don’t. You just miss the excuse!”
“I never thought of it that way.” She said, “I think that you’re right!”
We all laughed.
Now if somebody would just get on making that estrogen infused wine…
Erin Cooper Reed