Coping with PMS - Gwen's Story Video

Learn how Gwen learnt to cope with PMS (pre menstrual stress).
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Hey my name is Gwen and I think the first time I ever realized that I might you know that I have PMS when I was maybe in high school. And at that time I remember just feeling really moody and kind of sad during the week or so. Before my menstrual cycle started, and I remember thinking maybe I was depressed or you know I wasn’t quite sure but it would go away and people didn’t really talk about PMS. During that time, I guess because that was the sort the 80’s and it wasn’t something that people talked about a lot and especially not high school girls. I talked about and then I think that PMS became more of an issue for me. After I had my children and I noticed the big difference because I breastfed my children for extended periods of time and so I went without having menstrual cycle for 2 and 2 ½ years and so I didn’t have PMS during those times and it was something that was very helpful to me as a mother to just have a little relief from that. But then when I resumed my menstrual cycle the PMS came back and I don’t know if it just increased at because of my age or if it was because I was dealing with children. And I found them very challenging when I was having PMS and I know that when I resumed my menstrual cycle after I have my first daughter I was just crazy adulated. This kind of more my symptoms now when I was younger I was more emotional and I might cry more like. I might be more likely to cry because I’ve got an older my symptoms have been more adjuration and just kind of ask like personality change but I just remember I was very adulated with my daughter and had very little patients with her. And three days later or so my menstrual cycle resumed and it seemed very dramatic to me because I had not have the menstrual cycle for two years plus the pregnancy and so I really became aware that I was experiencing PMS and one of the most dramatic things for me is that I’m a very social person I really enjoy going out with friends spending time with people and when I kind of in that PMS face a much less social. I don’t want to meet friends I just want to stay home but then being at home makes me feel anxious and I want to go do something else and I’m not comfortable and I’m just much more adjugated. So I guess I sought help from a therapist and have gotten help that way and I’ve tried different herbal things some of which seem to help a little bit. I’ve also used anxiety medication and that, that seems to be very helpful but I think awareness is a big part of it too just being aware of that okay this is that time period and having some awareness about why I’m feeling who I am and just knowing that it’s temporary and it doesn’t last forever. Another thing is that I feel unattractive I am more critical of myself and my body when I’m in the PMS zone and so I have to remind myself of that and look at myself for it critically and I have to remind myself all about that’s PMS it’s not and I don’t hate the way I look and I don’t hate my body, it’s PMS.

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