10 Things All Guys Should Know About PMSing
Doesn’t it absolutely, positively suck that women will spend a week of every month from puberty onward – essentially half of our lives – PMSing? Boy, did we get screwed on that deal.
Women, we experience this week of hell during which our bodies turn against us and we become these anti-versions of ourselves. It’s by no fault of our own, but some significant others don’t fully understand just how much our bodies change during premenstrual syndrome. Men can only sympathize, not empathize with our situation. How many of you have gotten into an argument with your SO and he responds with, “are you PMSing or something?” Like…how dare they?????
For their context and yours, here is a little background information on exactly what premenstrual syndrome is:
“Premenstrual (pree-MEN-struhl) syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms linked to the monthly menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur 1 to 2 weeks before your period (menstruation or monthly bleeding) starts. The symptoms usually go away after you start bleeding. PMS can affect menstruating women of any age and the effect is different for each woman. For some people, PMS is just a monthly bother. For others, it may be so severe that it makes it hard to even get through the day. PMS goes away when your monthly periods stop, such as when you get pregnant or go through menopause,” via Women’s Health.
So there you have it. It’s both a physical AND chemical change in our bodies that cause us to feel, act out, and say things we wouldn’t normally. The point is that the men in women’s lives should be aware of these changes, anticipate these changes, and know what we need in order to not be completely miserable one week of every month.
The first thing that women need to do is communicate. By talking with your guy about what you’re feeling and when you’re PMSing he will be able to (more) objectively embrace your needs, wants, and maybe irrational behavior. The worst thing a guy can do is tell his PMSing loved one that she is using PMS as an excuse for something. Why? Because hell yeah it’s an excuse! It’s a damn good excuse.
Dudes, we know that this particular week is hard on you too – so to make your lives and our lives EASIER during said time – heed these 10 warnings and wish for the best!
#1. We are going to be f*cking pissed for no f*cking reason. Irritability is one of the most common PMS symptoms and we just cannot help it! We might get mad at literally nothing, but unfortunately we expect you to fix it.
#2. Don’t be scared if we just breakdown into tears triggered by almost nothing. We could simply be sitting on the couch and suddenly a wave of emotions overcomes us and we cry. And cry. And cry. Another one of the major PMS symptoms are crying spells. Just don’t panic – all we want is a hug…
#3. ..and maybe some ice cream or chocolate cake. Yes, we get pissed, we cry, and we have these insane food cravings that we HAVE to satisfy or it will keep us up at night. Some women crave salty, some women crave sweet – but it’s almost always not healthy. Doesn’t that just seem so unfair.
#4. If we want to stay in once a month from Thursday-night bowling – then just let us. One annoying PMS symptom is social withdrawal. Though we might usually be social butterflies – during this one week, we just want to stay at home in our sweatpants, curled up on the couch watching Sex and the City. Carrie ALWAYS gets us!
#5. WE DON’T WANT TO GO TO THE GYM WITH YOU! “Why, babe?” BECAUSE WE ARE TIRED. Women who suffer from PMS usually experience fatigue. Even a full night’s sleep might not jumpstart our day. Be patient, because we will be back to bouncing off the walls again in a matter of days.
#6. Unfortunately, headaches are part of the PMS package deal. We would love you forever for making sure the Advil is fully stocked.
#7. Though we still love sexy time with you during PMS, maybe lay off the ladies a little bit. Our breasts get tender and sensitive, so what we might think was playful or fun last week could actually be painful during PMS.
#8. This is probably the most unfortunate symptom of all – we feel get bloated during PMS. We can’t keep our tummies sucked in and no amount of crunches can seem to tighten it up. Just don’t place your hands on our bloated bellies or we might find ourselves particularly insecure.
#9. Yes, we are aware that we have one too many pimples surfacing on our chin. Because of the chemical changes in our bodies during this week, we get acne flare-ups. Just keep telling us we’re beautiful and don’t make us go to any significant social events if we don’t want to show our broken-out faces.
#10. Holy, cramps! Men – be prepared for us to bitch about our cramps because it majorly sucks to have both debilitating sharp and dull pains in your uterus.