ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Understanding PMS

Updated on January 6, 2019
ife Orisha profile image

Alafia! I am a woman with 4 children. I have done a plethora of research to understand the menstrual cycle and it's spiritual connection.

Angry Uterus

What is the Mentrual Cycle and How Does It Work?

The menstrual cycle is the process a female's body goes through during puberty. Only women go through this phase meaning men do not experience the menstrual cycle.

The average age in which the onset of menses occurs is at the age of 13-15. I have heard stories of women starting as early as 5 and as old as 18.

The menstrual cycle has four phases and typically last for 28 days. This varies tremoudously. Some women have a shorter duration while some have a longer duration.

The phases of the menstural cycle are: Menstrual phase, follicular phase, ovulation phase and luteal phase which I am going to explain futher. This phases happen in the same order every month in a woman who has a regular cycle. Even in women who have an irregular cycle, the phases always happen in order. There are some reasons why a woman may not have a cycle each month or why it may stop altogether. The most coming reason for a stopped cycle is due to pregnancy or menopause. Other factors include drastic weight changes (gain or lost), stress, illness, or hysterectomy.

The menstrual phase, in a 28 day cycle, usually last 5 days. Day one is marked by the onset of bleeding with day 5 being the last day of bleeding. Again, some women with a cycle duration may not have a cycle that last the whole 5 days and women with a longer duration may experience longer periods. No matter what though, each cycle will be marked by bleeding.

The follicular phase also starts on the first day and usually end on day 13. Again, this is during a 28 day cycle so, this can be different from other women with a shorter or longer cyle duration. This phase is getting the egg and the uterus ready to receive the egg once it is fertilized. The follicles are rich with nutrients to feed the egg. Between 3-30 follicles are grown and each houses an egg. The dominant egg is the one that is matured and released during the ovulation phase. The other eggs dissolve and will be released during the next cycle or by other means.

The ovulation phase is the phase in which the egg is released from the ovaries into the fallopian tubes. When the egg is fertilized, it implants into the uterus where the baby will then grow. However, if the egg is not fertilized, the egg will then be shedded during menstration. This usually occurs on day 14 and usually only last for 12 hours. However, ovulation does not always happen on the same day nor the same time which makes it hard to plan to make a baby.

The luteal phase is the end of the cycle marked by day 15-28. The egg is now degenerating awaiting to be released during the menstrual cycle.

PMS what is it?

Every single month from the first menses until the last, women undergo something called Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). PMS is the physical and emotional a woman experience before menstruation. PMS can happen anytime during the menstrual cycle but typically happens one to two weeks before the start of the cycle. Some women experience PMS during the actual menstrual phase while some experience it during the luteal phase.

Symptoms of PMS include irritability, moodiness, headaches, cramping, fatigue, depression, crying spells, bloating and diarrhea.


Anytime a woman is moody or easily upsetted, it is automatically assumed that she is PMSing which is not necessarily true. PMS has been said to hinder women from being in positions of power because of the inability to control emotions. But let's analyze why women are moody during this period of time.

Each time a woman has a menstrual, she loses at least 3 eggs. The eggs and the lining of her uterus which was form in preparation of implantation is shedded during this time. The reason for this is because the eggs become dead tissue after failure to be fertilized thus needing to be discharged/buried. There are fluctuations of the hormones to regulate this cycle. The regulations are done via the brain.

Now, let's talk about death for a minute. When someone experiences the death of a love one, they often go through the stages of grief. The stages of grief are; anger, bargaining, depression, denial and then acceptance, in no particular order. Sometimes the stages of grief are repeated until the person is no longer grieving correct?

Okay, now think about what a menstrual cycle is. It is, simple put, the dying/death of a piece of a woman. So each month, a woman loses a piece of herself. Many women do not realize this and the lost is definitely more often than not subconsciously known. Therefore, woman will go through the five stages of grief aka PMS.

So the next time a woman or you, if you are a woman, goes through PMS, just give them comfort...or chocolate. Chocolate always seems to help!

Being comfortable during your cycle.

We all have experienced the uncomfortable feeling of sanitary napkins and tampons. You know, the heavy let down that makes you feel like you have bled over everything or the feeling that your lady parts are being stretched out of proportion. Well, I have some good news for you! There is an alternative to those old fashion pads and tampons. It is called a Divacup or Mooncup. They are eco-friendly and reusable. You can wear it for up to 12 hours and it is made of silicone! That means the cup forms to your shape! Isn't that wonderful!

The only downside to this is learning how to wear it correctly without leakage. Oh and the hassle of cleaning it when you need to change it in public.

But other than that, I prefer the Divacup over pads and tampons any day! I have saved so much money by switching to a Divacup! Try it and Thank me later!

Let's test your knowledge

view quiz statistics

Diva Cup

DivaCup Model 2 Menstrual Cup
DivaCup Model 2 Menstrual Cup

Ecofriendly feminine hygenic product for periods.

 

© 2016 Ife Orisha

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)