As'salammualaikum There Dear Ones~ :)
This topic here today is mostly talking about us women BUT.. I can ensure you that if there are men out there who are able to take some time off to just read this post, insha'ALLAH you shall be able to understand us women maybe not fully but hopefully a bit better~ ;)
I know that in general, women are known to be more emotional & sensitive if compared to man, especially during 'that time of the month'. I suppose that might be one of the main reasons why ALLAH swt gave man the power to divorce & not woman. I am sure that most man would consider us ladies to normally "use" the excuse of 'the time of the month' when ever we're having one of our mood swings~ however, today I'd like to share & PROVE to all YOU MEN out there that this phrase aren't just some "excuse" or even a myth BUT it is real~ ;)
Thus, If you would allow me.. hehe..
Every month like clockwork, some women come down with a strange collection of symptoms. They may become irritable, snapping at their family and friends without the slightest provocation. They may forget where they put their car keys and have trouble paying attention during meetings at work or even during classes. They may crave for chocolates or find themselves sneaking a few pieces of pizza after their children have gone to bed. Or they may suddenly hate the way they look because they feel bloated and their hair looks oily and lifeless.
We are quick to give these symptoms a label:premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. But what is PMS? Some people dismiss it as "that time of the month" -- an excuse that women give in order to eat tons of chocolate and get away with acting a bit cranky.
But doctors recognize PMS as a real medical condition, with real physical and psychological symptoms. For many women, the symptoms are debilitating enough to interfere with their lives.
So, What is PMS? :)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when menstruation begins, or shortly thereafter (PubMed Health).
It is a set of hormonal changes that trigger a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms in women. These symptoms can range from anger and irritability, to abdominal cramping and breast tenderness, to food cravings. It would normally occur during a woman's childbearing years however after menopause, it usually stops.
Up to 40 percent of menstruating women experience symptoms of PMS [ref]. In most of these women, PMS is nothing more than an annoyance. But in about 5 percent of women, the symptoms are debilitating enough to interfere with daily life.
The Following are Suggested Causes of PMS
- Progesterone- estrogen imbalance
- Hyperprolactinemia (over- secretion of prolactin)
- Excessive aldosterone, or ADH (this controls the sodium, chloride, and potassium metabolism)
- Carbohydrate metabolic changes
- Sodium and water retention by the kidneys
- Allergy to progesterone
- Psychogenic factors
- Serotonin, a brain chemical
- Diet low in calcium, vitamins and magnesium