I was 10 when I first got my period. I’m 41 now. 31 years of periods and yet it still comes as a surprise almost every month.
I wrote in The Daily Mail (I’m sorry. I won’t do it again) (No, really) about how PMS almost ended my marriage and that particular issue is no longer a problem, not because I’ve beaten him into submission with a rolling pin – a rolling pin! – as the Mail would have you believe, but because once I realised PMs was the cause, the issue seemed to take care of itself. So you’d think the same would be true of other symptoms, wouldn’t you? As it turns out, not so much.
Just last week, for example, I said, “I feel weird. A bit spaced out and fuzzy…” A couple of minutes later: “Oh! I know. It’s cos I’m on.”
Cue husband smacking himself in the forehead. Repeatedly.
Him: “Every single month!”
He’s got a point.
I can’t stop eating and I don’t know why. People on Twitter get right on my nerves. I feel restless, like I need to chuck everything out of the house and start afresh. Or chuck the house as well and go travelling. Or just – cue whiny voice – dooooo something diiiiifferent.
Every month. Now I’ve talked to friends about this and they have the same problem so I know it’s not that I have the brain of a goldfish, so what is it? Some sort of protection mechanism? Do our bodies/brains actually want us to pay attention to these feelings, which is why they fail to remind us that they’re period-related? (I once heard Dr Christiane Northrup say that the emotions we experience during PMS represent our true selves and should be listened to, which doesn’t say much for the state of my marriage…) Or is it just another example of wilfully ignoring what’s going on with our bodies? Anyone?