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Mental Health Is Linked WithPeriods!!!

BLOG_POSTED_BY Ruchi Parmila     January 8, 2022    

Mental Health Is Linked WithPeriods!!!

There are almost 40 crores of mensurating women in India and menstrual hygiene is still a major area of concern. However, in India, mensuration has been a topic of taboo until date.

The beginning of mensuration includes celebrations, anxiety, mood swings, and whatnot. But it becomes tough for some to manage your heavy periods. Mensuration can affect a woman's emotions and moods in different ways ultimately affecting a woman's quality of life in many ways. These hormone levels can affect how you think and feel mentally and physically.

Getting regular periods is a way to good general health. Losing or gaining weight or being too thin or obese will often affect your regular egg production because nature decides that the woman is not in the good physical condition to conceive or to get ready to become pregnant.

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One must learn different ways to help your mental health. Women with Mental health conditions are prone to these conditions during mensuration.

After ovulation, the levels of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone dropdown. Fluctuation in the levels of these hormones can affect brain chemicals called neurotransmitters that influence mood, sleep, and motivation.

Learn here how to wear a menstrual cup during periods

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  PMS can cause bloating, headaches, and moodiness. Symptoms appear a week or two before their bleed. Women with depression may experience worse symptoms of PMS. Symptoms of PMS may get worse before or during your period. 

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is a condition more dangerous than PMS with more severe symptoms, including severe depression, irritability, and tension. Due to these severe symptoms, our daily life activities get disrupted. — 40 percent of women have an underlying mood disorder, so it’s important to undergo a careful evaluation to ensure you receive the best treatment.

Speaking to the medical professional is a must to help if you experience worse symptoms of depression or anxiety around your period.

Irregular periods. Research-based studies have provided enough evidence that women dealing with anxiety or depression are more likely to have shorter menstrual cycles. Irregular cycles are also linked to eating disorders and depression. Bleeding, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue and cramps can seriously interrupt your daily life.

Relationship among PMS, PMDD, and Mental Health

Your menstrual cycle is also linked to mental health and keeping an eye on your mental health may explain changes in your period. 

 During periods your levels of estrogen and progesterone are low at this time. Low levels of estrogen are linked with low levels of serotine ”happy chemical” can affect the chemicals your brain releases.

After your period ends your estrogen levels peak just before ovulation. And if you don’t happen to get pregnant then your hormone levels drop again leading the way to prepare your body for conception. Life has to go on even with the periods and you should continue to have to deal with stress at work, with family and friends. Your mental health may also have an impact on your menstrual cycle in the following ways: 

  • Sadness 
  • Anxiousness
  • Mood swings
  • Anger

Stress can shorten your cycle of period and can make it more painful. It is found that women with high stress were twice as likely to go through dysmenorrhoea. When you’re stressed hormone changes can throw off your cycle and your body reacts by working on the basis that you physically can’t handle conception so you miss a period.

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Managing Mental health

Lifestyle modifications opting for a healthy lifestyle, cutting off caffeine and sugar content, reducing alcohol use, quitting smoking, and getting enough sleep can help address the symptoms. 

Food supplements like Vitamin B6 can help women beat PMS, while evidence shows that magnesium and Vitamin E also contribute to dealing with symptoms of PMS. Herbal therapies, light therapy with psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also offer a non-pharmacologic approach to treatment.

Medications such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to benzodiazepines and hormonal interventions may also be effective options for addressing mental health issues.