Here is how a friend of mine describes her period. She is thirty. Does she need hormones? I get a lot of anxiety before, maybe don't want to deal with much, then when I get it, I usually want peace and quiet so I can suffer alone as easily as possible. I get very depressed afterward, too, like I just failed as a woman. As far as the physical symptoms, a few days before, there a few very brief mild cramps sometimes (never had that when I was younger though), sensitivity to light (which continues the whole time and makes things worse, more hot flashes, diarrhea and cramps), and a day or hours before getting it, I get a surge of hormones that gives me this buzzing feeling throughout my body, hot flashes, and diarrhea. Then I get it and the cramping starts immediately and gets severe within a couple of hours. Then I could have cold flashes, hot flashes, uncontrollable trembling throughout my whole body, especially legs and midsection, nausea, vomiting, etc.