Getting your period is, by far, one of the suckiest parts of being a girl. No matter what people say about the miracle of menstruation, riding the crimson tsunami every goddamn month totally sucks. Period.
Of course, the logistical challenges of the whole thing (i.e. leakage, ensuring you have enough "supplies") and hormonal changes come with the territory, but we’re still not OK with the part where our ovaries feel like they’re actually ON FIRE. It’s just not something anyone’s ever going to ‘get used to’.
But a new study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, suggests there might be a totally legit explanation, and way you can reduce, the whole PMS thing. Woop and yay!
After surveying 3302 women, the research suggests PMS is defs linked with the presence of C-reactive protein (CRP), which causes inflammation.
So THAT'S why it feels like there's an elephant is sitting on your stomach.
"Premenstrual mood symptoms, abdominal cramps/back pain, appetite cravings/weight gain/bloating, and breast pain, but not headache, appear to be significantly and positively related to elevated hs-CRP levels," the study reads.
Right so in other words this protein thingo is the culprit making us feel like crapola - great stuff. So what does this actually mean? And what the heck can we do about it?
Basically, if you’re keen to reduce period pains (and who wouldn't be), the findings suggest "anti-inflammatory agents may be useful for treatment of these symptoms."
So now you know.
This article originally appeared on Cosmppolitan.com.au.