Frequently Asked Questions About Premenstrual Depression

Growing up as an athletic girl, I was always the center of everyone’s attention. Most of the people I came across as a child said that I could make it big in the tennis world if I kept playing. That’s what I wanted, so I trained every day until I became a national team member.

When the news broke out that I made it to the team, my entire town celebrated me online and offline. I was extremely shy about it initially, but then a talent scout contacted my parents, saying that I could be a young advocate for sports through their milk beverage products. 

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Before that, I never knew that I was model material. No one told me I was pretty; I did not think much of my abs, toned arms, and legs because they were part of the trade. The slenderer I got, the faster I could run around the court and go after the ball. And now, there was a company that wanted to make me the face of their advocacy. So, of course, I said yes.

Talking About PMS Now 

During my early teen years, I never felt the need to talk about my period because this cycle came regularly. I could credit it to the fact that I had a healthy lifestyle back then. I would get up at 5:00 a.m. to do bodyweight training. I would be at school from 8:00 a.m., walk to the court to train for two hours after that, and then be in bed by 9:00 p.m. 

Unfortunately, when I started modeling, on top of training and studying, this schedule went hayward. I did not realize it until much later. Being a brand advocate meant a lot of traveling, after all. While it was nice to see different states, I still had to make tennis practice time and condition my body and mind for the upcoming tournaments. Because of that, my usual eight-hour sleep turned to three or four hours. 

After two years of following that crazy routine, I experienced dysmenorrhea for the first time. I wish I could tell you that I powered through it easily, but I didn’t. For the first time in two years, I got a day off in stayed in bed. Only, it was not very relaxing because my lower abdomen was aching a lot. When the third day passed, and I was not feeling better, my mother decided to take me to a gynecologist, who diagnosed me with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

The thing was, there was no cure for PMS. It was a collection of symptoms that menstruating women commonly feel. But since I already had dysmenorrhea, I thought I already experienced the roughest symptom. Little did I know, there was something worse than that: depression.

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Does PMS get worse with age?

Yes, PMS can get worse as you age. As of the moment, scientists and researchers are unable to provide us with an underlying cause for why this happens; however, they do link PMS getting worse by age to stress. So, if you want to make sure that PMS does not go badly by the time you reach your late 20s, make sure that you are taking a step back from life and giving yourself time to breathe and relax. 

How do you beat PMS?

There are many different ways to try and soothe the aches of PMS. A quick Google search can show you everything you may need to know. According to science, you must try and eat whole foods as your body finds it difficult to generate insulin during PMS, which is why women are more likely to be irritated during this time, especially when they are hungry. Also, you can try and exercise or do a little bit of meditation. This helps boost your endorphins so that your mood also improves, and this can also help balance those hormones before everything goes any wilder. 

What are the worst PMS symptoms?

If you are not a fan of pain, then the worst thing that could happen for you is premenstrual cramps and migraines. If you are not a fan of being too emotional, the worst thing could be being too emotional. But if you are on a diet and you suddenly crave chocolates, donuts, and burgers, then that might just be it for you. However, if it gets a little too far, like when you start to exhibit signs of depression, then you might not be PMS-ing and more PMDD-ing, which will require attention if not from a doctor than a loved one.

Does birth control help with PMS?

Yes, birth control can indeed help with your PMS symptoms. What your birth control can do is it can ease your symptoms, and in some cases, your symptoms might lessen. So if you are someone who experiences extreme pains with cramps or migraines, your birth control will try and ease that for you; tone it down a bit so that it can be a bit more bearable for you. 

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What can worsen PMS symptoms?

Several different factors can make your PMS symptoms worse. For example, consuming too much of your favorite coffee or tea can make your symptoms a little harsher than it is supposed to be. Also, not getting enough exercise can do the trick and consume too much salt and not get the right amount of sleep, especially when you are too stressed. Your vices, like smoking, can also cause you more pain during PMS than usual. So if the goal is to feel better, I suggest toning things down and maybe taking a rest from the world.

How long before the period is PMS?

PMS will usually start around one to two weeks before your period starts. So it is around this time that you start to feel your cravings become stronger, your headaches getting frequent, and maybe even your moods start to change every minute or so. This is because your hormones start to fluctuate, and your brain chemicals start to go crazy. Things can be different for every woman, but this is a general idea of when PMS starts.

How soon do PMS symptoms start? 

PMS symptoms can start any time between your puberty and the time you go into menopause. You can expect your PMS symptoms at least a week or two before your actual period starts. So this is your heads up to get ready for when that time of the month comes. Ensure that when it does start, you can de-stress and relax from all the work you have been doing. It is important to take care of yourself during this painful time.

What vitamins help with PMS?

Ensure that you are fully loaded with all the vitamins and minerals that you may need and not just for when you have your period. You must keep your body and mind in the best state possible. If ever you want to soothe your PMS, make sure that you have enough calcium in your body to lose bloating and fatigue from the list of symptoms you may experience. Also, what you can try to build upon is your Vitamin B-6. This will help you produce more neurotransmitters, which will help with your mood swings. OF course, you will need magnesium to reduce the risk of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

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Final Thoughts 

PMS and depression might forever be a part of my life. I know; it sounds sad, right? However, I could not dwell on this fact for a long time. The doctor would usually tell the patients to exercise more, but in my case, she advised me to take some time off work and school to recalibrate my hormones somewhat.

Of course, I could take six months off in an ideal world. In the real world, I got to ask the company to free two days every week to relax and recover from everything. It must be an excellent idea, considering my succeeding PMS symptoms were not as bad as the first time.