Periods And Mental Health: A Deep Dive Into Their Connections


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There is an association between mental health and menstrual health. Yes, you have heard us here! In the below article, we decode the connection between periods and mental health. Read on to know more about this without fail…

Do you tend to feel irritation? Are there mood swings? Find it difficult to concentrate on your work as you are restless, feel low, and inactive? Then, probably others may ask you “Are you PMSing?” Or “are you on your periods?” Yes, menstruation impacts your mental and emotional well-being. One has to ensure to stay in pink of health.

Know about the link between menstruation and mental health

If your periods are approaching, you will PMS a week before that. Thus, symptoms like heavy bleeding, breast tenderness, cramps, those nagging headaches, back pain, and bloating can give a tough time to you and you will be unable to do your daily chores with ease. Are you aware? Sometimes, the symptoms of PMS are discomforting, problematic, and manifest as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) which is a severe form of PMS. Both PMS and PMDD create havoc on your mental well-being. You will experience a wide range of emotions that can be troublesome. You will be anxious, stressed, depressed, irritated, frustrated, nervous, upset, angry, aggressive, panic, cringe, cranky, and there will also be mood swings. PMDD is serious and one may get depressed and there will be loss of interest in daily activities, panic attacks, and hopelessness. According to research, a dip in the level of estrogen is linked to low levels of serotonin. The estrogen levels go back to normal after periods and then one's egg gets prepared to be released. The estrogen levels are normal before the process of ovulation. Even the levels of progesterone are high and the hormone levels drastically go down when one fails to become pregnant. This process will prepare the body to conceive and one may notice mood swings.

Now, we explain to you how mental health impacts your menstruation

It is a no-brainer that there is hormonal fluctuation when one is on periods, and this can directly affect one’s mental well-being. If you are stressed because of any problem then it will take a toll on your menstrual health.

Stress causes abnormal menstruation as it negatively impacts the female reproductive system. Your period may stop abruptly or shorten due to prolonged stress. Furthermore, it can also invite dysmenorrhoea. You will also notice symptoms like diarrhoea, abdominal pain due to stress while menstruating. Stress tends to suppress one’s ovulation. Thus, cortisol- a stress hormone can disrupt menstruation.

Depression can cause amenorrhoea which is the absence of menstrual periods.

The last word: Periods and mental health are interconnected. So, one has to take utmost care and lead a stress-free life.