You know that feeling a few days before your next period when you feel like you want to punch anyone who disagrees with you – oh and anyone who tells you you’re overreacting and shouldn’t punch people?
Yeah, us too: it’s called premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and it’s the worst.
The rising progesterone contributes to the production of a hormone called cortisol which is often associated with anxiety and stress. So if you find yourself losing it at the smallest inconvenience, don’t worry – you don’t need anger management, you’re just full of cortisol.
How can you make PMS more bearable? “You can alleviate symptoms by taking regular exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep (7-8 hours), reducing stress through yoga, meditation or similar, taking painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol and keeping a diary of symptoms for at least 2 cycles,” says Deborah.
“Avoid smoking or drinking too much. If the symptoms are interfering with your life, then see your GP who may recommend hormonal treatment such as the combined contraceptive pill and in some cases antidepressants,” she adds.