'She must be on her period.' *cue eye roll*
We've all heard it when a woman might be slightly moody. Not that it gives ANYONE the right to comment on how you act - BUT many times it comes in conjunction with our period phases.
Whilst our bodies go through changes throughout the month, so do our hormones. Quite drastic ones actually.
During the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, many women face what we call PMS - premenstrual syndrome. PMS can cause a rollercoaster of emotions in a short amount of time. I don't know about you but I can go from happy as Larry to crying on the kitchen floor because I didn't have enough milk for my coffee.
The most typical emotions you may feel during this time are irritability, crying, over sensitivity, nervousness or anxious, really just any strong exaggerated emotion can be attributed to your PMS.
Although many medical professionals aren't too sure of the actual root cause behind PMS, the obvious changing in your hormones (specifically estrogen) throughout your cycle, can connect to these changing feelings.
Estrogen levels rise leading up after the menstrual week, then drops down just after. This dramatic change in hormonal levels can cause mood swings. All which are normal.
You will notice different moods and feelings throughout different stages of your cycle and that is all totally normal. So when someone whips out the 'you must be on your period' feel free to slap them and say 'oops sorry I'm on my period.' 💁♀️