Emotional Basket case at Period Time
December 31, 2012 8:14 AM Subscribe
Menstruating women of Metafilter: Did/do you find that the older you get the more emotional you are around your periods?
posted by kanata to Health & Fitness (42 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
After a lifetime of having relatively few side effects from getting my period (aside from horrible cramps as a teenager) now that I'm 37 I am finding myself being blown away by them.
It has just been over the last 4-5 months that I'm noticing I'm getting extremely emotional featuring sobbing, anger, and a major dip in mood. I thought it was just my depression rearing its head but every time it happens I've finally noticed that my period appears 3 days later. I'm also getting cravings for intense salt and having cramps that lay me in bed for the first day or so.
This never happened to me before and I am wondering if this is a result of aging. I'm on no birth control and sex free if that makes a difference.
Have you noticed this and can I expect more of the same? How do you handle the sobbing and depression? I've started tracking when my period comes but I'm still caught unawares every month. How can I get better at making the connection in my mind between sobbing at commercials and the fact that my period is coming up? Why would it get worse the older I get?