I know not everyone has the time or the inclination to get involved with Twitter. Like TV and magazines, there’s no shortage of useless guff obscuring the useful information. And yet if you know how where to look, Twitter can be a fast moving and up-to-date resource on whatever your area of interest happens to be. It’s a great place to connect, share, comment, get involved in debates and both give and receive support. And it’s easy to use – especially if you have a smartphone. (Never be bored in a waiting room or queue ever again!)
I find Twitter particularly useful for posting links to relevant information about PMS, hormone balance and women’s health as I come across them – which means these nuggets of information don’t always appear on the PMS Warrior site itself.
Tweets are the 140-character messages that get posted on Twitter. The tweets which I see are most popular (measured by how often the links are read or shared) tell me what topics strike a chord with my followers. So I thought, why not share a selection with my non-Twitter readers too, so that they don’t miss out!
Why Are Women More Prone To Bloating?
Bloating is one of the common premenstrual symptoms experienced by women with PMS and here’s my rundown on how to prevent it. I went on to post this short but pithy interview with a gastro-intestinal medical specialist on Twitter because it addressed two very good questions related to bloating:
- Why do women suffer from bloating more often than men in the first place?
- Why does bloating seems to get worse as we get older?
It also gives the gastroenterologist’s top 3 foods to avoid to reduce bloating. An illuminating and straightforward read.
Are 50% of Women With PMDD Actually Clinically Depressed?
The Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology interviewed in this article claims that a significant number of women with PMDD are in fact suffering major depression. (She doesn’t say that cyclical PMDD doesn’t exist, only that symptoms have to be recorded very thoroughly to support a correct diagnosis of PMDD).
An interesting view, and the line between PMDD being a depressive illness versus a hormonal condition is hotly debated. As I mentioned in my recent post about PMDD, many activists with PMDD would positively welcome PMDD being recognised as a psychiatric diagnosis.
Interestingly, the Professor points out that properly diagnosed PMDD is more likely to respond treatment than clinical depression.
The rest of the article also covers the role that the neurotransmitters (or brain chemicals) serotonin and GABA seem to play in PMDD / extreme PMS cases.
And while we’re still on the theme of PMDD, another very popular tweet featured this PMDD Quiz. It covered questions including whether PMDD can be prevented, and if it gets worse with age. Test your own knowledge!
Thinking of Getting A Mirena Coil for PMS?
The Mirena coil is used for a range of hormone-related conditions, including perimenopause, PMS and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
My own post on the Mirena generated some interesting reader comments, and I thought PMS Warrior followers would be interested in these personal accounts of women’s experiences with the Mirena. They are very honest and varied.
The Daily Ups and Downs of Your Hormones
You already know that the hormones sending signals around your body and brain change during different times of the month – of course you do! – but did you know that they go up and down and interact differently at different times of the day too?
It’s from a blog I really like called Happy Healthy Long Life, written by a very energetic and upbeat librarian in the States who follows a plant-based wholefoods diet – a woman after my own heart, you could say! She’s very inspiring and her blog is regularly updated and features lots of tasty recipes (often with a Jewish home cooking twist) together with observations on keeping fit and healthy whilst getting older and having a busy work and family life. Recommended.
The Mooncup Gets Another Fan!
The final item that’s been popular with many women I suspect – not just those with PMS – is an article from Cat Stone (who has PMDD and blogs about it) about alternatives to tampons and pads during periods.
If you read my earlier post, you’ll know I already love the Mooncup. It’s freed me up to be so much more active during periods, and is altogether cleaner, easier and more environmentally sound than anything else I’ve used in the last twenty-plus years.
I won’t deny it takes a little patience and a little practice to get the hang of inserting a Mooncup, but it’s always nice to hear another blogger and encouraging her readers to give it a go!
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter you can follow as @PMS_Warrior