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Are we really more cranky during our periods?

Are menstruating women more sensitive during their periods? We tell you more about this preconceived idea, which may not be true.

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"Are you having your period or what?" or "She's having her period, it's normal, leave her alone" or "You're hysterical"? I'm sure you've already had to deal with these derogatory comments, which have the capacity to annoy even more?

These sentences, usually pronounced by men, are quite revealing of a certain sexism and patriarchy pronounced in today's society. Relax, today we're not going to talk about that, but about a fact: are we really more cranky during our periods? The answer is yes, and it's totally normal.

During menstruation, in addition to the usual discomforts such as stomach aches, muscle aches, headaches, digestive problems and bloating, women have to cope with hormonal fluctuations that cause emotional disturbances. Obviously, as our hormones switch from hot to cold every 5 seconds, managing our emotions can become more complex and we may experience mood swings.

Between you and me, given all that menstruation entails, we should stop being sexist. It doesn't matter. And if we feel this fluctuation, it's simply because our ovaries are working hard. But fortunately, there are some tips on how to manage moods.

What to do if you have a mood swing?

Mood swings are difficult to prevent and are part of a woman's life during menstruation, but there are some tips that can help keep the fluctuation at bay. It is advisable to do some kind of sport during your period and do whatever makes you feel good. This could be yoga, pilates, cardio, weight training, relaxation or meditation. It is also advisable to get plenty of sleep. The more sleep you get, the more energy you will have to get through the period. Finally, don't do unnecessary things to yourself, such as wearing tight, uncomfortable clothes. Look after yourself and listen to your body.

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