Love, Laughter & PMS

PMS – those three letters that can often send shivers down the spines of both women and their significant others. Ladies, it’s something that unites us all in a unique way bringing with it a rollercoaster of emotions sometimes so severe it can give you (and your partner) whiplash. But here’s the secret sauce – you can navigate these PMS-infused days with Femtek’s Basal Body Ring, your sidekick in gaining the upper hand on your cycle. 

The PMS Playbook

Picture this: You and your partner have cosied up together to watch Netflix, they give you a subtle look of love and you lose your cool over the bombastic side eye they just gave you.  PMS you unpredictable charmer.  Although the cause of PMS is unknown, it’s thought to be linked to hormonal shifts during your normal menstrual cycle. And it’s not just the mood changes, other symptoms may include: 
  • Being bloated
  • Acne
  • Food cravings and weight gain
  • Constipation and or diarrhoea  
  • Feeling tired, lethargic and insomnia 

Cravings, Craving Everywhere

During PMS-induced days, our tastebuds seem to take a detour to a parallel universe. Suddenly your diet goes out the window, your pantry becomes a treasure trove of snacks, your go-to vanilla ice cream has been traded for salted caramel cookie dough and you’re craving carbs like there’s no tomorrow. Cue your partner’s eye roll when next week you whinge that your clothes are a little tight. 
Studies indicate that the change in hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone can cause cravings for high-carb and sweet foods. When you eat these foods they release serotonin (the happy chemical) which gives you the temporary happy feeling of enjoying these foods. 
What we also know is that women see an increase in their basal metabolic rate after ovulation and burn more calories during their luteal phase; so are you really craving that sugary food, or are you just in a deficit of calories and need ANYTHING to boost your energy?
The BBRing can help you navigate these days leading up to your period. Through personalised insights and suggestions, you’ll be aware of when you’re entering each phase of your cycle and stay one step ahead of those cravings and nutritional choices.

Cloudy with a chance of brain fog

Ever had that moment where you’re frantically searching for something only to realise you’re already holding it? Or when the easiest tasks almost feel challenging to do. PMS braig frog at your service, and our favourite hormones estrogen and progesterone may be the culprits. 
This fuzzy feeling is likely due to the fluctuating hormones and insulin levels (hello cravings) during your late luteal phase.  The more data you log into the Cycle Tracker app, the better your insights and suggestions will be when it comes to making informed choices for your health. You’ll begin to see trends in your symptoms and plan your life accordingly. Say goodbye to lost productivity and hello to better workouts and successful work days.

PMS as the main attraction

Here’s the thing about PMS – it’s a universal experience. Every woman has her own experiences and stories and you know what – it’s totally normal.* 
*ok we need to talk about normal. Every woman knows what’s normal for her – if you don’t, get yourself a BBRing here
Severe PMS is not normal and is known as PMDD (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder). This condition can have similar symptoms as PMS, however, hits you 10-fold and has a detrimental effect on your life and relationship. Much the same as PMS, the cause of PMDD is unknown with some suggesting it may be an abnormal reaction to hormone fluctuations. It’s important to see your doctor if you think you may have PMDD. Scarily, many women are diagnosed with depression and even bipolar, before they are given a PMDD diagnosis. 

The BBRing can help you monitor your symptoms of PMDD and give you an indication of what’s normal in your cycle for you. This data can be extremely helpful to your allied health professional when discussing your health concerns. 

With Femtek’s Cycle Tracker insights, you can anticipate when hell week might play its monthly visit, and prepare you accordingly. We help you decode your cycle, making PMS and PMDD days more predictable and less chaotic. 

Ladies, the next time PMS comes knocking, remember this: It’s an opportunity to laugh and remember that it happens to all of us.  With Femtek as your ally, you can navigate these days with confidence knowing that you’ve got a secret weapon nightly on your finger.

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