Why Do I Feel So Hungry and Horny Right Before My Period?

As I write this, I've gobbled down half a jar of peanut butter, four bowls of shredded wheat cereal then took a mini break to enjoy my vibrator, and now am ready for my salt fix. All I know is that I am due for my period next week. 

What the #$*! is going on with me at this same time every month???!!! 

Why do I feel like I wanna eat and #$*! the world???!!

The answer is: We really don't know for sure.

According to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health, at least 85% of women have at least one type of PMS (aka Premenstrual Syndrome) symptom every month, meaning 85 out of every 100 women are left in the dark about what is going on with their bodies :(. If you search for reasons why you feel horny and/or hungry before your period, you will come across many articles that state that is the increased levels of progesterone to blame, or increased testosterone levels, decreased or increased estrogen levels, increased levels of the luteinizing hormone. The truth is, there is no evidence to prove that any of these particular hormone fluctuations are the culprit.

To leave us in the darkness even longer, there have also been studies that PMS may not even exist! In 2012,  a research study conducted at the University of Toronto, came to the conclusion that PMS may all just be in our heads:

“There is so much cultural baggage around women’s menstrual cycles, and entire industries built around the idea that women are moody, irrational — even unstable — in the phase leading up to menstruation,” says Dr. Gillian Einstein, director of U of T’s collaborative program in Women’s Health and one of several U of T experts who reviewed the literature. “Our review — which shows no clear evidence that PMS exists — will be surprising to many people, including health professionals.”

On the other hand, a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, found that the prevalence of PMS around the world was 50% among women of reproductive age and stated that further research needed to be done since the study was conducted on a small sample of women. This makes much more sense!!! WHEW!!!

 

 I do know this though:

This is me when I am hungry and horny and around my friends or family.

Me when I get home.

What I wanna do while I stuff my face!!!

All in all, these are the telltale signs for me when I know that I am about to get my period. And if you look at it from a physiological perspective, it makes perfect sense! Your body is telling you to eat (binge) for that baby that you are about to get from the urge to procreate (#$*!). Though a pain in the you know what, I am grateful for these symptoms because they tell me that my girly gear is working.

We may not know exactly the causes of PMS but here are some ways that have helped me alleviate (at least a little) the symptoms:

 1. Get a massage

Studies have shown that a massage helps release endorphins, the "feel-good" chemicals in your brain and help relieve anxiety and stress that often are associated with PMS.

2. Exercise

Studies have shown that exercise too, releases endorphins especially after a jog, you get the "runner's high" and feel so at ease. When I go out for a jog, this helps me sleep better too. Restless sleep is also another symptom of mine right before getting my period.

3. Keep Track of your PMS

When I jot down the dates and the way I was feeling and eating, it helps remind myself that my bingeing is really a PMS symptom and helps me to gain some control over a binge. I still give in many times, but this serves as a reminder that I am not going crazy!!

4. Eats Nuts and Fruits

If you absolutely feel like giving into a PMS binge, as hard as it will be to not choose Reese's Pieces (my total fave!), try to aim to eat nuts and fruits. Fruits to meet your sweet cravings and salted nuts for salt cravings. Nuts are high in magnesium and vitamin B6 and B12, which can help combat depression, and fruits are also high in several other vitamins, minerals and particularly fiber, which will help keep you full for a longer period of time, thus helping to prevent an all out binge spree!

What do you do to help combat PMS? Are you part of the 15% that do not have any symptoms?

Leave your comment below!! :)

 

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Brittany Forster

This page is hilarious and the truth 😂 to the tee. Love love love can relate.

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