For most of us, periods are just a fact of life.
We get them every month without fail (more or less) and we deal with the cramps, bloating, and general irritability that comes along with them. But did you know that your period can actually be affected by your mental health? It's true! Studies have shown that there is a strong link between ADHD and your menstrual cycle.
How ADHD Affects Your Period
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a mental disorder that is characterized by difficulty paying attention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 8% of children and 2% of adults in the United States have ADHD.
While the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Some of the symptoms of ADHD, such as difficulty paying attention and impulsivity, can also be symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). As a result, many women with ADHD may not even realize that they have the disorder.
The Link Between ADHD and Your Menstrual Cycle
So how exactly does ADHD affect your period? Well, research has shown that women with ADHD are more likely to experience irregular periods. They are also more likely to experience PMS symptoms such as mood swings and irritability in the days leading up to their period. In addition, women with ADHD may find it difficult to use contraception consistently, which can lead to unplanned pregnancies.
If you're one of the millions of women who suffer from ADHD, you might not even know it. And if you do know it, you might not realize how much it can affect your life—including your menstrual cycle. If you've been experiencing irregular periods or increased PMS symptoms, it might be time to talk to your doctor about whether or not you have ADHD. Trust us, it could make all the difference in the world! Until Next Time!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂
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