Kirsten Bell has opened up about her struggles with PMS during a recent appearance on husband Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert.
While talking about the “debilitating” mental toil that women go through during their menstrual cycle, Bell said that she might not be with Shepard if she didn’t keep on top of her emotions.
“We are expected to also self-regulate,” Bell said, “and if I acted like I ‘wanted to’ every time I’m on my period, we would 100% not be married.”
“I self-regulate, and women do on their period,” she continued. “Some women lose control, 100%.”
But Bell said she has never gone “bananas” on someone because she was always taught not to.
“The reason I don’t go bananas on my period is because I have been brought up with socialization that has told me,” she explained. “‘You will feel bananas a couple of days before your period.'”
“‘Don’t scream at everyone, even though that is what you want to do, you can’t do that. What is happening to you is in your brain chemistry and your hormones. And you have to know that knowledge is power,'” Bell added.
Some people completely agreed with Bell’s comments and even shared their own experiences…
One Facebook user wrote: “Same! I struggle so hard with endo and high emotions right before and during my period. Sometimes I feel so helpless bc try as I might, I can’t always control my emotions.”
While others didn’t totally agree with what the couple had to say…
“I think what is a better and healthier solution is to be aware that it can happen, make your partner aware, and then apologize after the fact. You can’t just control hormonal responses. It’s not healthy emotionally, and hormonal medications don’t work the same for each person. I’m normally on the same page with these two, so I’m going to check the podcast to hear the entire context. It seems out of character,” wrote a third.
Another said: “Load of crap! Sorry, but everyone is different and she needs to remember that. I might have been moody when I was younger around period time but that’s changed since I’ve had children. I’m really sensitive a few days before and the slightest thing sends me into a huge meltdown at the time I don’t even connect it to my period until it’s over, I feel embarrassed because of how I behaved but I genuinely can’t help it!”
However, another woman spoke out in Bell’s defence, writing: “I think the message is to just be self-aware of how your period affects you. For me, I am extremely emotional and overreact to things I usually wouldn’t react to. I know this and can give myself a beat to calm down and reassess my emotions. But we aren’t all the same.”
You can listen to Bell’s full conversation on Armchair Expert here.