Hormones! From PMS to menopause, these messengers of womanhood can affect your mood, your weight, your food cravings – even your desire for sex. For many women, it’s smooth sailing, but for others, it’s a shipwreck at every turn of the hormonal bend. Various points in your cycle may affect you (assuming you’re not on hormonal birth control, which changes your hormonal fluctuations).
When you’ll feel most empathetic
Research indicates that progesterone may inhibit your ability to read others’ emotions through their facial expressions. So around day five or six of your cycle, when progesterone is at a low, you may find that you naturally connect better with others.
When you’ll feel sexiest
When your body is getting ready to release an egg – generally between days five and 13 of your cycle – feel-good estrogen spikes. You’ll likely feel super confident, feminine, and sexy in these days just before you’re most fertile.
When you’ll feel most Zen
Estrogen and testosterone suddenly drop around day 16 (although this can occur anytime between day five and 22 of your cycle), triggering the release of an egg. At the same time, you’ll experience a rise in progesterone, which sometimes referred to as “the calming or homebody hormone.” You may feel you need more rest and have some serious cravings during this time, which is likely your body’s way to protect itself should pregnancy occurs.
PMS – Hormone horrors
For many women, the hallmark of the reproductive years is not pregnancy but PMS – in particular the mood-related symptoms.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur 1 to 2 weeks before your period (menstruation or monthly bleeding) starts. PMS can cause wild, uncontrollable mood swings in some women, who may go from crying spells to angry outbursts and anxiety attacks, then back to a stable emotional state – all in one day. The most common emotional PMS symptoms are:
- Feeling nervous and anxious
- Alternating sadness and rage
For many women, lifestyle changes can be a successful part of PMS treatment. For women with severe PMS, medication may be needed.
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Review Date: December 17, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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How Your Cycle Can Affect Your Mood. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/how-your-cycle-can-affect-your-mood. Accessed December 17, 2016.