Six Ways To Deal With The PMS “Hungries”

Six Ways To Deal With The PMS “Hungries”

I want all the food!

Many women experience PMS 1-12 days before their periods begin. The severity level ranges from person to person. One of the most common symptoms of PMS  has to do with our appetite.

A lot of us experience an increase in hunger and/or cravings for certain things leading up to when we start to bleed. It can be hard to control and distracting. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the “hungries” and this post will show some of them.

First, what makes it even happen?

The short and obvious answer is hormones. They change, fluctuate, surge, drop etc. throughout our cycles prompting symptoms to occur. Estrogen and progesterone in particular are the hormones that are responsible for the “hungries.”

Estrogen is said to control our hunger when it is at a certain level in our bodies. When it drops, it is not controlling our hunger as well anymore. Progesterone is high in the second half of our cycles and is responsible for appetite increases.

Our serotonin levels (neurotransmitters that control our mood) also dip before our periods. This can make us crave certain things that will bring the level back up so that we feel better.

How to deal with the “hungries”

Being really hungry and/or craving specific things during PMS can be irritating (as if you weren’t already irritated enough!). Here are some things you can do to make life better:

  1. Allow some flexibility during this time- If you are into keeping your calories at a certain amount, consider adding some extra calories in during the days where your appetite is extra crazy.
  2. Know what food to not have around during this time- If you really get out of control when a certain food is around before your period, make sure to just not have it in your house.
  3. Get emotional support if needed- If you eat a lot due to your mood being low, consider seeking out some emotional help during this time. This may include meditation, watching inspirational videos, talking to a good friend, seeing a counselor online etc.
  4. Eat a higher fat, lower carb diet- Eating a low carb diet tends to keep many people fuller and it can also help balance hormones. Both of those things can help with the “hungries.”
  5. Magnesium and vitamin B6- Supplementing with these two things is said to help with cravings as well as other PMS symptoms. Make sure to not go above 100 mg of B6 due to the risk of nerve damage among other things.
  6. Have a “give in” day- You could have one day of the month where you just give in. Not necessarily binge but just let loose more than usual. One day of doing this is not going to make you fat.

Here are a few things that you should not do:

  1. Abuse appetite suppressants- Using things that will reduce your appetite is probably not a good idea.  They may make any irritation you have because of PMS, worse.
  2. Binge- If you feel the need to binge a lot, you should think about seeking help for it. You may have something called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which is a more severe form of PMS.  
  3. Trying to completely ignore your increased appetite- Doing this may make your mental state even worse during this time.

Hormone fluctuations can suck

Our hormones can rule us and make us feel different types of ways that are not always good. If you find yourself with a bottomless pit a few days before you start bleeding, you are totally normal!

Try healthy ways to make your belly more comfortable during the second half of your cycle.

Do you get the PMS “hungries?” How do you deal with it?

Thanks for reading!

#pms  #periodproblems  #hungry  #womenshealth  #hormones

Reliefband For Nausea + Review

Reliefband For Nausea + Review

If you have read my other posts, you would know that I have suffered from chronic nausea for the past five years. Although I have had it under better control lately, I still experience it once in a while.

There are already effective things that I keep around for when the nausea hits, but I have no qualms about trying new ones!

My husband recently bought me a Reliefband which is used to quell nausea. For this post I will be providing some information on it and giving my review.

What the product is and does

The Reliefband is for relieving nausea. It is like a motion sickness band in that you wear it on your wrist. What makes it different is that it is digital and provides electrical stimulation to the area instead of just pressure.

The types of nausea it says it treats are pregnancy sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy, and post-operative sickness. It is said to be effective on its own but can be even better as an adjunct to other antiemetics.

There are five different nausea relief intensity levels to choose from. The company makes sure to state that the Reliefband may not work for some people even if it is at the highest setting.

The Reliefband comes with instructions and a small tube of conductivity gel. There are batteries pre-installed in the band, so it is ready to be tried out right when you get it. The batteries are said to last for up to 150 hours depending on the intensity levels you choose.

How to wear it

Just like motion sickness bands, the Reliefband is to be worn two finger-widths down the wrist. You are to put a small amount of the conductivity gel on this area and rub it in a circle, gently.

The band is to be placed on the gelled area with a tight fit. You then press the power button. To switch the intensity, you keep pressing the power button until you get the level you want it at. If you want to turn it off, you press the button and hold it.

Once it is on, you will feel an electrical pulsing up through your wrist. To know if you have it in the necessary spot, you are to close your hand. If you feel a tingling sensation in your palm and fingers, it is in the correct place. It must hit the median nerve for it to work at all.

If you plan on wearing the Reliefband throughout the day, you are to reapply the conductivity gel periodically so that it keeps working effectively. You can switch wrists if you need to as it should be on whichever one you feel the most tingling in.

It is splash-resistant, but you should still not immerse it in water. This means that you need to take it off if you are going to take a bath, shower or go swimming.

Wearing the Reliefband may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions if one has a latex allergy.

My review of the Reliefband

I was excited to try out this product and chose to use it during my fertile window when my stomach feels awful.

I loved that there is just one button that you need to press. When I want nausea relief, I do not want to have to fiddle around with something complicated.

I really appreciated the large sheet of information and instructions that it comes with. It explains everything very well. I am glad I did not throw it away which I sometimes do for things like that.

Getting it on the correct spot on my wrist was pretty easy. I also found it comfortable to wear.

The feeling of the electrical pulse was strange in my opinion and it took a little bit to get used it. It feels similar to when your limbs fall asleep. Not painful, just weird.

I turned it up to the highest intensity level due to my nausea usually being tough to break through. This increased the pins and needles feeling but it still was not painful.

In terms of nausea relief for that particular day, I can’t say I noticed a difference unfortunately. I used it by itself for a while and then I ended up having to take my other nausea relief things with it.

Even though I reapplied the conductivity gel periodically, I still ended up with an itchy rash and swelling. I am not allergic to latex so I am thinking the electrodes must have nickel in it (I have a nickel allergy). Or maybe I am just plain sensitive to it.

It might be hard to see but my skin was really irritated here.

Another thing I do not like about it is the cost. While it was nice of my husband to buy it for me, it is expensive and he really shouldn’t have. Way overpriced.

It may have not worked for me, but it might work for you

The Reliefband did not work for me unfortunately and the rash was uncomfortable to say the least. I am not opposed to try it out again if I am truly desperate for some relief though (that probably sounds crazy of me!).

There are many people who have been happy with it so do not let my review deter you from getting it if you are really interested.

Let me know what works for you for nausea!

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#nausea  #health  #motionsickness #morningsickness #surgery  #chemotherapy  #periodproblems

Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!

Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!

I have been suffering from worsening (like WAY worse) PMS symptoms for the past few months now. At first, I figured it was only due to the stress I have been from this whole pandemic situation. Thinking about it more has made me change my tune a little bit though.

I remembered about a year ago now that I had been looking up supplements to help my PMS symptoms. Vitamin B6 was one of the things I saw that could be of assistance. This prompted me to buy bottles of it and take it every day.

Back in January of this year, I abruptly stopped taking them for whatever reason. The other day I saw a bottle of them in the closet and it got me wondering. Could me not getting enough vitamin B6 in my daily life anymore be part of the cause of my intense PMS?

I decided to look into this vitamin a little more and discuss it in this post!

Why B6 supplementation for women and their hormones

Us women go through a lot each month when it comes to our hormones changing during our cycles. Some do have it easier than others though.

If you are like me, you might feel like you suffer way too much leading up to your period!

Something that is infuriating for women who suffer from PMS symptoms each month is the fact that there are people who think it does not exist. Ugh! I am no scientist, but I swear that it exists. It just has to!

When looking up ways to reduce the severity of PMS, vitamin B6 is something that gets mentioned in addition to birth control, diet and exercise. There is research showing it being effective in this regard.

The research articles conclude that supplementing with vitamin B6 may help women with physical PMS symptoms (bloating, breast pain, cramps, acne and headaches), mental PMS symptoms (moodiness, sadness, anxiety and irritability) and morning sickness (it could probably help with PMS nausea that some women feel).

It is thought that vitamin B6 may increase progesterone levels. The signs of low progesterone include mood changes, headaches, bloating and cramps. Sound familiar, huh?). This could be the reason as to why it may help women with hormonal related discomforts.

In a couple of studies it was also shown that combining this vitamin with magnesium increased the effectiveness of it in the reduction of PMS symptoms.

When taking vitamin B6 as a supplement, it is best to not take more than 100 mg per day. This is due to there being incidences of nerve damage when going beyond that amount. Foods high in vitamin B6 are salmon, lean beef, chicken, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocadoes, dairy products, broccoli, beans and lentils.

I have begun to take it again!

I am interested in seeing if adding B6 back into my diet will do anything for me. These days, I need all the help I can get when it comes to the severity of my PMS symptoms.  I have been dealing with intense anxiety, panic attacks, irritability (more than usual), increased breast pain and severe nausea again.

For the past three days, I have been taking 50 mg with my midday snack. I haven’t noticed anything yet, but I am guessing it will take a while if it is going to help at all.  

Because chickpeas are considered high in vitamin B6, I will be using up the copious amounts that we have in the pantry. I found some great recipes on Pinterest that use them. This is the one I will be trying this week:

How bad is your PMS and what symptoms do you get each month? Also, how do you deal with them?

As always, thanks for reading this!

#pms  #womenshealth  #periodproblems  #vitamins  #supplements  #covid19  #stayathome

Postmenstrual Syndrome

Postmenstrual Syndrome

Yes, I typed that title in correctly. Most people talk about Premenstrual syndrome as being a mild to hell-on-earth affliction. Not many people talk about Postmenstrual syndrome though.

It does exist. I refuse to believe that I am the only one to experience it.

What postmenstrual syndrome is

Simple…it is a collection of symptoms that occur after your period instead of before. The same symptoms can occur which include nausea, lightheadedness, fatigue, headaches, cravings, cramps, bloating, irritability, acne breakouts, sadness etc.

One can get premenstrual syndrome as well as postmenstrual syndrome (that really sucks to have both). Or one might have no premenstrual syndrome symptoms at all and then only postmenstrual syndrome symptoms for a week after the period ends.

What causes it

From what I have read, it is all down to wonky hormones. It is said to be something that can happen if you have a cycle where you did not ovulate and/or you have PCOS (hey, that sounds familiar!).

I also read that insulin resistance may cause postmenstrual syndrome.

My experiences with it

I am dealing with it as I type this. There have been other cycles where I dealt with it as well. I hate that it happens.

For this cycle, I did not have my usual premenstrual syndrome symptoms that happen around five days before I start bleeding. Since my husband and I did have sex during what was supposed to be my fertile window, I was thinking that maybe I had fallen pregnant ( pipe dream!).

It definitely wasn’t pregnancy. I got my period like clockwork and it was pretty heavy too. There were no cravings,bloating, nausea, shakiness, lightheadedness, sadness, irritability, sore breasts and bleeding gums beforehand as usual.

Like the other times this has happened, I felt lucky. Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky because all of the aforementioned symptoms started happening right after I stopped bleeding.

It sucks because these are supposed to be the days during the cycle where I feel great physically, mentally, emotionally and cognitively. Now I am sitting here feeling sick and snapping at people.

What I am going to do about it

I have been saying this for a while now but I need to start watching my carbs. It is time to do this especially because I do think I have an issue with insulin resistance. I have been feeling tired after meals that were heavy on carbs.

If doing this can help me with my pre and post menstrual syndrome symptoms than it is something I must keep working on. I don’t know how to stop falling off of the bandwagon though.

Have you dealt with postmenstrual syndrome before? What were your experiences with it?

Thanks for reading!

#pms #womenshealth #insulinresistance #prediabetes #pcos #pcosawareness #hormones

PCOS and Dating

PCOS and Dating

PCOS causes symptoms that can negatively affect our appearance, fertility and ultimately our self esteem. This can make dating difficult if you don’t feel good about yourself. It is hard enough for women without PCOS!

The unfortunate truth is that some people might be turned off by some of the PCOS characteristics. These people are not the only ones out there in the world though.

I believe there is someone out there for anyone. Someone that will love us for who we are. It is just a matter of putting ourselves out there.

For this post I wanted to discuss the ways to deal with our symptoms while trying to get into romantic relationships. The ones that I will mention can happen to women without PCOS too. If I get anything wrong or leave something out, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Dating with acne/oily skin

Whether a person has a mild or severe case of acne, a dislike of it is the most likely feeling. Women with PCOS quite often have high androgen levels (or there body reacts to their levels as if they are high), so having acne is very common for us.

There are types of treatments that will help reduce or get rid of acne but they may take some time to work. If a woman wants to get into the dating world while they are struggling with breakouts, they might feel as though no man or woman will want to be with them.

I believe that the following are ways to go on dates/find a partner while battling acne:

1. Nice hairstyle- Taking good care of your hair and putting it into a flattering style might help. You might feel good about yourself which your date/partner will pick up on. Self-confidence is sexy!

2. Makeup- Too heavy makeup will not look good and may make your skin even worse if it is the wrong kind. Just a light amount might go a long way though. Learning how to accentuate your eye area would probably help in detracting from the acne.

3. Eyebrows done- From what I have seen, eyebrows make your face. Having them look polished most of the time seems to make such a difference in attractiveness. Just my opinion though.

4. Nice outfits- I think that if you are wearing unflattering and frumpy looking clothes, it will make things even worse when it comes to the possibility of finding a partner. You don’t need to dress fancy all of the time but just wear things that are at least a little flattering.

Dating with balding/hair loss/hair thinning

This is a really tough symptom of PCOS. I have not dealt with it as of yet so I might be totally off base with what I say. The following are two ways that I think a woman with this problem could deal with it and have a successful love life:

1. Figure out ways to cover it- I think that figuring out a way to make the balding/loss/thinning less noticeable would really help when you are putting yourself out there. This could mean cutting it a certain way, wearing it a certain way, wearing a wig, putting in extensions to cover bald spots etc. Doing any of these things might also increase your confidence which as I said before, is sexy!

2. Explain and show- If you start going on multiple dates with someone, I think that it would be good to reveal the fact that you are dealing with scalp hair problems. Being in a long term relationship with someone means that they need to be able to accept all of you. If you show your scalp hair issues with a potential partner and they are completely turned off by it, then they are not for you.

Dating with excess facial hair

This is one area that I struggle with just like a lot of women do. When I was putting myself out there on OKCupid back in 2011, my excess facial hair was not as bad as it is now. It was still there though.

I am grateful that my now husband doesn’t care about my facial hair. There are other people out there in the world that won’t care about it or even notice it either. Here are ways to deal with excess hair while dating:

1. Keep removing it if you don’t like it- There are a few different ways to go about getting rid of the excess hair. Unless you are able to afford a permanent solution (electrolysis), you will probably always have to deal with it. If you are going on a date, maybe make sure to do some hair removal beforehand.

2. Explain it to your partner- If you have been on multiple dates with someone and things might start to get serious, I think it would be a good idea to talk to them about the excess hair that you have to deal with. They will probably end up seeing it at some point if it becomes a long-term relationship.

Dating with excess belly fat

Admittedly, I do not have this problem. Here are two things I can think of that a woman who deals with this could do when they are starting to date:

1. Find flattering outfits- I do not know anything about dressing for this body type. There are probably tips and tricks for camouflaging a larger belly.

2. Explain and reveal- If you go on multiple dates with someone, I think it is good to talk about your struggles with your excess belly fat. You have to see if they will be accepting of all of you which includes that.

Dating with fertility issues

This is another really tough thing that many women with PCOS have to deal with. Including me! The only way I can think of when it comes to having this issue and dating is to explain it to a potential long-term partner.

If they want children in the future it is important to be open and honest with them that it may be very hard to get pregnant. They will most likely appreciate knowing this before trying for a child with you.

In conclusion

These are all of the things I can think of when it comes to dating with PCOS. It can be really tough but I believe that anyone can find love.

Let me know if you have any tips for dating with PCOS! I probably didn’t cover everything.

Thanks for reading!

#dating #lovelife #romanticrelationships #PCOSawareness #womenshealth #hormones #men #women