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Really baaaaaad mood swings at that time of the month.....

(14 Posts)
lavenderbongo Tue 07-Oct-08 16:38:32

Ok this is a bit personal but I could do with a bit of advice - so here it goes..

I become a raging loony at the moment just before and just after my period. I have been getting really down and depressed - and i recognise at the time that there is no real reason for it. I must be driving my DH round the bend - although he has the patience of a saint. I can cry at anything (adverts and even balamory blush. Something is not right.

Now I have been told that diet can improve this and I wondered if anybody had any suggestions of what I could be eating to improve this situation. I eat fairly healthy and have lost 2.5 stone in the last 6 months and i also started exercising as well. So I am theoretically the healthiest I have been in years. So I dont understand why I am being so emotional and nutty.

madamy Tue 07-Oct-08 18:25:25

bumping as have also become shouty mum/evil wife/general mad woman premenstrually ever since having ds! Was fine after the dds, must be all the boy hormone stuff!

SpandexIsMyEnemy Tue 07-Oct-08 18:26:40

I do as well - but am boarder line PND anyhow.

I've found that exercise helps and evening primrose.

not so good on the diet thing thou - basically anything that's light and not stodgy seems to help.

lavenderbongo Tue 07-Oct-08 18:31:12

Thanks SpandexIME - I will look into the evening primrose.

Its nice to know I am not the only nutty one madamy.

madamy Tue 07-Oct-08 18:33:41

Hmm - exercise and light diet - me thinks I might know why I feel this way as neither feature very much in my life, esp around that time!

Evening primrose promising - do you take it all of the time?

jotc13 Tue 07-Oct-08 19:27:29


My symptoms are much milder but I know what you mean - it's horrid isn't it? I've got a similar post on here about a product that a friend swears by - Starflex made by a company called Supplegen. I was asking if anyone else had any experience with it before I took the plunge and ordered some... no one has come forward yet but there is a really good article on the Supplegen site and I think I might try it for a couple of monhts. It contains borage oil which I think is similar to Evening Primrose. Will let you know how I get on.

Good luck with finding something that helps for you.


madamy Tue 07-Oct-08 20:54:46

jotc13 have been looking at your Starflex and it's starflower oil which is more 'potent' than evening primrose, so I migh give it a go too! It's worth googling it, because you can buy it much cheaper than Supplegen! sell 180 caps for £9 for example.

msMoneypenny Tue 07-Oct-08 20:56:21

VitB deficiency. Go get vitB complex and take every day. May take 4 weeks to notice inprovement though

lavenderbongo Tue 07-Oct-08 21:34:24

vitB will try that also - thanks mrsMoneypenny.
Not heard of Starflex will look into it. Thanks Jo.

dippica Tue 07-Oct-08 22:37:11

What gets me about the whole "feel like everyone and everything is going out of their way to make me feel like shit" time of the month, is that I never seem to realise that its PMT, til afterwards. I think my whole life is crumbling to pieces (when its just not true), or that I'm losing my mind, its only when I start to feel more "normal" again that I connect it to my period. I should know by now after 25 odd years!

And also that it seems to last an increasingly long time - there's more time with PMT than without as I get older and crankier.blush

That's my mini-rant done, will look at starflower oil too.

SpandexIsMyEnemy Wed 08-Oct-08 08:07:51

evening primrose is taken once a day, but can't be if you're ttc.

have taken star flower before but didn't really notice a different the EPO I did straight away.

i'd be reluctant to try anything too potent thou.

jotc13 Wed 08-Oct-08 19:06:12


and thank you Madamy for your savvy shopping tips - I still think I'm keen on the Supplegen product as it also contains Vitamin E so you're getting too potentially helpful ingredients in one tablet... will certainly do some more research though...

Thanks again


AttillaTheHan Wed 08-Oct-08 19:10:21

I once saw a programme about periods and PMT. Apparently they did a study of women, some of whom increased their intake of dairy, especially cheese. Apparently the group who had more dairy had reduced symptoms of PMT.
Sorry I can't remember the programme or the study. I think it was on BBC1.

saramoon Thu 09-Oct-08 18:52:06

Have the same problem, have a busy life, working 3 days a week and 2 dds and everything gets on top of me the week before my period.

Cutting down alcohol or having none at all really helps. Also sugar can make it worse.
I am taking agnus castus and primrose oil at the moment. Primrose oil is supposed to help skin too but my skin is bloody awful at the moment.
My sis takes St John's wort which is a herbal anti-depressant i think. anyone correct me if i am wrong, she takes it as she gets really down at this time of the month.

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