What happens when you cross pre menstrual syndrome with driving a car and running late to pick up from school?
You get a lady with a cloudy brain, who almost crashes the car, then leaves it unlocked, with the engine still running whilst she goes to collect her kids.
Yep, that was me.
We all know the common symptoms of PMS, which I don’t need to document, but how many of you ladies out there also suffer from a cloudy brain too? I read an article that refers to this symptom as ‘brain fog’, which for me, describes it perfectly.
The change in the levels of ovarian hormones is thought to affect a number of brain/body functions around the time of the menstrual cycle. And the way that we regulate these changes differs from person to person, which is why the symptoms manifest themselves in so many different ways. For a detailed explanation of what happens during this time, I can recommend this article from herplace.com.
I am happy to report that what happened to me the other day was unusual, but there is one week every month where I make more mistakes, can’t drive properly (no women driver jokes here please) and generally have trouble focusing. It’s more annoying than feeling irritable!
I feel more aware, during this time, of my need to focus on everyday normal tasks and I have to constantly remind myself of the things I need to do. This incident last week, followed an exercise class and I blame the fact that I haven’t done much exercise recently, so it was obviously such a shock to my body that it affected my brain too. Exercise is clearly not good for you!
Please tell me that I’m not the only one? I would love to hear what strange things happen to you when it’s your time of the month. In the name of research, let’s come together and share our stories with each other.