The menstrual cycle is a complex system that can affect everything from energy levels, to motivation, sex drive and mood. We are taught from an early age about PMS and PMT, and to expect some level of mood sensitivity in the week leading up to our period - but what happens when the severity of these symtoms impacts on our ability to function in daily life? Is this something we should consider 'normal'? Are premenstrual symptoms that affect your interpersonal relationships and performance in daily life, something that is just 'part of being a woman'?
Are there some days when you are killing it at life, smashing your goals, living the dream, everything goes smoothly.... and then a couple of weeks later, for no apparent reason it gets really dark. Doing the simplest of tasks feels like you are pushing boulders up a steep hill, people irritate you to the point of breaking, you act 'out of character' - saying and doing things that have you feeling embarrassed and ashamed. You want to run away from life, hide in your bedroom, quit your job, leave your partner, and then.... you start to bleed.