Well hello there, if it isn’t me again.
I don’t know about you, but this past week has been TOUGH.
Not only have I been feeling like an anxious little bean and been avoiding the outside world as much as possible. I’ve also seen the return of the period and let’s just say.. it’s been a while since we’ve been there. I’ve been such a whiner this past week! Soz Ben.
From the agonising pain to the fear of standing up and letting the flood gates open, irregular periods can be such a bloody inconvenience. I’ve spent this past week devouring my way through chocolate eggs, countless hot water bottle refills and early nights to try and get sleep and ignore the pain that comes with dealing with PMS.
I’ve been changing things up around here for a few weeks as we get ready to celebrate our first birthday as Fitcake. Which seems to have flown by, by the way. This is the one blog that I have truly loved working on, writing for and building up great readers like you, of course.
I’d like to think that going forwards rather then trying to smash out 5 posts a week like I was attempting before Christmas, I’ll go back to writing more in depth meaningful posts and less for the sake of it ones, make sense?
That’s why my categories have streamlined further and I’m keeping the topics a little less strict but they will all fit into one of the four blog categories one way or another.
Anyway, dealing with PMS, wow what a b*tch it is, I have an implant in my arm which basically means that I now suffer with irregular periods. It’s pretty sh*t as it can start at any time and I have to be ready, even if I’m waiting for 6 months in between. I KNOW.
The implant is a contraception method that I have used since I gave birth to my eldest who is now 10. Unfortunately for me, as a teenager through the years struggling with the worst periods ever it was soon established that no pill was going to work for me.
So when Lucy arrived I looked at my options. No point in taking pills as it makes no difference to me. No one is sticking anything metal “up there” after what I’ve just been through (giving birth) so I opted for the contraceptive implant, which gets inserted into your upper arm and to this day I swear by it.
Of course, with any contraception there are risks. For me the implant was the perfect match as I simply needed something that wouldn’t allow me to fall pregnant. This ticked all of the boxes for me and so far so good.
So back to the issue here, PMS premenstrual syndrome, is the symptoms one suffers both physically and emotionally leading up to and during menstruation. Symptoms can vary from person to person but the most common are spots, tenderness, bloating, irritable, achy joints and if you’re like me some serious mood swings.
I think that I suffer terribly because I don’t have many periods throughout the year. I’ll have two, three at a push and it seems that they like to make up for it when they do arrive by giving me 2 or 3 weeks of absolute hell.
Rather then just compiling a standard list of what supposedly helps, here are some of the things that I do when suffering from PMS and how I deal with the ordeal considering that it doesn’t come around very often.
Dealing with PMS
Eat what the hell I want. This one is a biggie, I’ve been struggling on and off with my food choices recently and as much as I tried, I haven’t really managed to get back on the healthier choices bandwagon properly. Considering we are almost in our second quarter, that’s not good enough personally But, hey ho, we are now in a position where I’ll eat what I want, when I want and ain’t nobody giving a damn.
Hot baths are a godsend. I’m not really a bath person, I prefer showers. Mostly because laying in the bath for long periods isn’t good for my skin as I get terrible eczema. Since we’ve had our bath installed it’s been like a miracle whilst on shark week, which is AMAZING. Think, all the relaxing bubbles, scented candles, a warm drink and something to watch on Netflix to distract me from my body.
Wear my comfiest clothes. Who wants to be uncomfortable at this time of the month? No one. I tend to try swap my jeans for leggings/activewear whenever I can at this time, just down to stretch and elasticated waistbands… hello, bloating…
Letting my skin bare all. I find that I suffer with a lot of blotching and spots when this time comes around to try to keep on top of my skincare routine and avoid wearing too much make up. Even if it makes me look like a washed out ghost. It’s only going to do my skin wonders if I stop plastering stuff over the top. Most days I’ve just slathered on lip balm, half sorted my brows and used mascara, skipping any concealer or foundation to eliminate more irritation.
A few other things I’ve experienced this time around are insomnia, restlessness, severe mood swings and the need to cry ALL of the time.
I don’t know whether symptoms appear worse when you are irregular, it may just be that I’m not used to it all as I don’t have them that much, but what I do know is that PMS sucks.
So while I sit here eating noodles, drinking pop and eating all of the chocolate feeling like my womb is being ripped apart inside that everyone is different, everyone has different cycles, symptoms, ways of dealing with it.
What are your ways of dealing with PMS and the symptoms that come with it? Share your suggestions to help me get through a tough fortnight or others in the future!
– Emma Allen –
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