Episode 12: What it’s like to live with PMDD
Many of us struggle with uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms in the days and weeks before our periods. But for an estimated 1 in 20 menstruators, the premenstrual phase can be debilitating. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a mental disorder that severely affects sufferers’ ability to function. In honor of PMDD Awareness Month, we talk to Amanda LeFleur, the co-founder and executive director of the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD), who shares insights from her journey with PMDD and how IAPMD is a resource for those affected. And author Chloe Caldwell reads an excerpt from her essay “The Red Zone, A Love Story.”
Resources + links
IAPMD is the global resource offering education and peer support for anyone impacted by the core premenstrual disorders: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders.
UK based PMDD resource: Vicious Cycle, led by Laura Murphy.
Our theme song is Crimson Wave, performed by Tacocat, courtesy of Hardly Art Records.
Additional music used in episode 12: “Down to Earth” by Yung Kartz under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.