While it is true that men can also suffer from their own type of PMS, it is generally understood that it is nothing like the premenstrual symptoms that can afflict women. With jokes and misconceptions surrounding this sensitive time of the month, it should be no surprise that men often do not know how to handle a woman when she is experiencing her period. Understanding the signs of PMS and how to help her deal with them, can make this difficult time of the month not so terrible.
Men’s Guide To PMS: Handling Her Period
The following information can help men to understand and better support a woman during her period, but it is important to remember that all women are different. Some women exhibit several signs and symptoms during her period, others may only have one or two. Realizing this is the first step to handling her period.
Research has shown that the vast majority of the signs and symptoms associated with PMS are caused by hormonal changes in a woman’s body. The increase in female hormones can cause some of the following signs in women.
Depression: This usually involves sudden burst of crying or sadness. It can be triggered by a news event, movie, commercial, or even a simple word, and there is usual no warning before the tears start. Men may also notice their partners becoming withdrawn and quiet, this is also normal and can be caused by depression.
Anxiety: This generally occurs in women who are already prone to anxiety attacks or who are already concerned. If the stress or anxiety lasts for more than a few days, a health care professional may need to be consulted.
Anger: The hormonal changes can cause sudden outbursts of anger. Fortunately these bursts are usually brief and will pass in a few moments. It is also best to wait until after her period has passed before attempting to discuss the unusual bursts of anger. This is also true for irritability, another common sign of PMS.
Indecision: While this may not seem like a sign that you need to worry about, the inability to make a decision can make some men irritable. Simply accept the fact that minor decision making may be put off for a couple of days, and avoid the outburst of irritability and anger that can also accompany her indecisiveness.
Symptoms of PMS
Not only can the hormonal changes affect a woman’s mood, they can also result in some unpleasant changes in her body. Headaches, bloating and water retention, and a generally feeling of uncleanliness are some of the common complaints that women have before and during their monthly periods. She may also complain of tenderness in her breasts, or swelling in her hands and feet.
Handling Her Period
It is not a subject that most women are comfortable talking about, which can result in the confusion that many men have. In some cases men may not even realize that she is on her period until they notice the bleeding. Menstrual blood is nothing to be embarrassed about and it should be accepted as a normal part of her monthly cycle. Refraining from mentioning the occasional blood stain on the sheets is a good place to start dealing with her period, and here are some other tips to make handling her period easier for both of you.
1. Many men wonder if it is possible to still have sex during a woman’s period, and the answer is yes. If both of you are comfortable with sex, it can actually be beneficial. Sexual intercourse can help to relieve abdominal cramping, along with releasing mood enhancing endorphins.
2. Try to limit social activities during the week that she is menstruating. Fatigue, depression, and simply not feeling well are common symptoms of PMS, and can make trying to keep a busy social calendar simply exhausting.
3. Be sensitive. With all of the hormonal changes that are occurring in her body, sending her flowers or cooking dinner can improve her mood and make the week a little more bearable for both of you.
4. Don’t forget the chocolate. Chocolate not only tastes delicious, it can help to treat some of the signs associated with PMS. The treat causes the brain to release endorphins that can stabilize and improve her mood.
Even though a woman’s period is confusing and even frightening for some men, it does not have to mean a week of silence, anger, and suffering for both of you. When men learn to recognize the warning signs of PMS, they will be better equipped to handle her period. The most important tip is to supportive and sensitive, and most men find that PMS is not so terrible.