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Do Tell: Do You Blame Emotional Outbursts on Your Period?

Being in tune with our bodies makes dealing with our periods much more manageable, but as we all know, PMS symptoms can differ from month to month. Some of us get emotional, some get cranky, and some of us have to deal with annoying bloating and sore boobs. But just like men tend to blame our bad moods on that time of the month, many women do too!

According to the March issue of Glamour magazine, 58 percent of women polled admit to blaming their emotional outbursts on their period. While I am no doubt emotional during that time of the month, I think blaming PMS for a hot temper is a cop out. I might be alone on this one so do tell, do you ever blame your emotional outbursts on your period?

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butterflyluvgurl butterflyluvgurl 8 years
I would like to say yes to this one, but my husband thinks I am emotional regardless of what time of the month it is. I am a little on the sensitive side and one would think I would be the exact opposite thinking I'm a teacher.
Deanern Deanern 8 years
i agree with a million suns. Anyone who doesn't have PMDD wouldn't know how much the hormonal change before your period can affect some. In my case, my brain reacts so badly to a change in hormones that the year leading up to my FIRST period, when I was 11 years old, caused me to have severe chemical depression and OCD, AND my hair turned from pin straight to super curly. I'm now 21 and the week before I get my period I sometimes develop OCD tendencies again and I also get extreme anxiety and depression, obviously very chemical things if you've ever taken psychology, especially when you know there is nothing to be upset about but you feel it anyway.. it's very strange and scary. It is in no way a "cop out" to blame your mood changes on PMS, your brain chemistry makes up your personality and mood in the first place, so if there is a huge fluctuation in your hormones and if that affects you drastically, like it does for many women, then of course you can blame it on your period. People suffer from this, it's not a cop out.
luna08 luna08 8 years
I think of it as the REASON I'm feeling the way I am, not as a excuse for it. I try to avoid and walk away from situations that are upsetting me and not inflict them on others. That said, this month's been hell! So much work stress that it affected my period both physically and emotionally. It was all bumped up x10!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I have blamed raging hormones before. I never blame my period as I'm on the pill, and I know when I'm going to be a raging harpy, so I can hide away when I feel like destroying things.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I'm surprised and to be honest, disappointed that someone who seems to be fairly in touch with a lot of human (especially female) issues would refer to it as a "cop out." There is a real, physical change in hormone levels at that time, and some women have much more intense experiences with it than others, just like some women get unbearable cramps while some hardly get any at all. So it makes perfect sense to attribute it to PMS/period because that is very often what causes mood swings, emotional outbursts, etc due to the changing hormone levels and other factors. Many chronic disease symptoms can also worsen during that time of the month.
free-fallin free-fallin 8 years
yes, because thats the truth! im on the pill and every month, i get very emotional and moody the week before i get my period
care0531 care0531 8 years
Just make it simpler and blame it on being a woman.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
yes.. gawd how could you not? Cramps and red stuff and no nooky with my boyfriend.. grrrrr
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
It's not neccessarily blame, it is what it is. I get extra irritable around that time.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
Sometimes I do when it is really bad, but I have outbursts because of something else, too. I go to an all girl school so if I ever get snotty with someone or someone is like that with me, we know it is that time of the month and shrug it off.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
Nope its not my period I just can't stand people.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
Dearsugar, you need an edit post button! I don't blame my BEHAVIOUR on my periods, I was ON diane... usually it's my family rather than ME being all... sigh. Loads of mis-typing in that post! sorry!
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
I agree with margokhal, I don't BLAME my periods, but I'm aware that my BC changes my behaviour somewhat at that time of the month. Actually, my old BC was terrible, I was one Diane, and I'd get super upset or angry, now I'm on the nuvaring, and I don't really have those emotional mood swings any more. Usually it's friends, family or the bf who blame it on the period - 'have you got pms? are you on your period?' rather than be being all 'omg, I can't help it, Aunt flo is here, so that excuses my irrational behaviour' LOL
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
My best friend is really weird in regard to her period; it actually makes her happy. Yes, before and during her period, she is the happiest she can get-and that's saying a lot. I always tell her how much I envy her-my periods sometimes make me unbearably emotional.
losays losays 8 years
hahaha, rockandrepublic. funny only because i totally know where you're coming from. not funny because it's unemployment and it sucks ... big time!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Emotional outbursts, no. Fatigue, yes.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I always get mad/upset right before and at the beginning of my period. I'm on BC, so I get it the same time every month. I recognize that my reactions are outbursts and kind of irrational, but the very fact that I can recognize this lets me know that it *is* because of my period. I'm not blaming my behavior on my period, but I have legitimate reasons to say that some of my more extreme behavior at that time has something to do with it. If you're a bitch 24/7 and you blame it on your period, though...well, that just is what it is.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
ha ha ha yes he always knows when i am due!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
Yes, I can tell when I'm feeling a little bit angry/depressed and it's related to my period. I find myself very little patience to stuff that I can usually just brush off and ignore.
khadeekiinsz khadeekiinsz 8 years
As woman, we all have our "attacks" as my bf calls them. When I get my period, Some things annoy me, and I have that lazy groggy feeling. But other than that...I'm pretty much in tune.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
No, i blame everything on unemployment.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I'm an insufferable bitch when I PMS! I mostly keep it inside, but I think the meanest things the three days before my period.
bluestar bluestar 8 years
No, that's dumb.
roseate roseate 8 years
sometimes I'm more emotionally sensitive, but I'd never use PMS as an excuse for acting differently (especially angrily or rudely) toward someone.
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