Let’s talk period and menopausal anxiety

Anxiety decomposes thought. And there are COUNTLESS instagram and social media ‘gurus’ who suggest ways that we can get rid of anxiety as if it’s as easy as doing a couple of deep breaths.  At KIT we’re not here to tell you we can get rid of it for you, we’re doing the research and offering some other ways to handle your anxiety and offering advice on how to navigate it all and to remind you you’re not alone. 

During these turbulent times the last fucking thing we need is anxiety.


WITH MENOPAUSE OR PERIMENOPAUSAL the serious fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone in your body can make you feel anxious.  And some women can develop a panic disorder during menopause. IF you think you’re developing a panic disorder it’s important to discuss it more with your GP. 



Never heard of PMDD? NEITHER HAD WE. (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) It’s really important that if you recognise five or more symptoms that you know you’ve had to handle, seek medical advice and discuss with your GP ways of handling PMDD.


PMDD has the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of sadness or despair, or even thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of tension or anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings or crying often
  • Lack of interest in daily activities and relationships
  • Trouble thinking or focusing
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Food cravings or binge eating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling out of control
  • Physical symptoms, such as cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain





  • When you begin to feel anxiety creeping up, write down anything that’s on your mind to try and combat that feeling of being overwhelmed. 
  • Download an app – for example FLO
  • Keep a period or menopause journal, with your symptoms and triggers.  This really helps your GP work out the best course of action for you. 
  • Know you aren’t alone.  Minimizing our pain and suffering is just what society has trained HER+ women to do.  DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE.
  • Cultivate a workplace environment where people can TALK. And be acutely aware that symptoms vary from person to person. 


And, if you’re interested in this then we suggest reading our previous article LET’S TALK HAIR LOSS on HER+ EXPERIENCE.  


By Sophia Collins