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Premenstrual Syndrome

It isn’t unusual for most women to experience some uncomfortable or unpleasant symptoms during their menstrual cycle. For some women, the symptoms are more significant, but they aren’t disabling and are of a short duration. Other women might experience one or more symptoms from a broad range of symptoms that might temporarily disturb normal functioning. These symptoms might last just a few hours, or they could extend into several days.

The kinds of symptoms and their intensity can vary significantly from one woman to another. This group of symptoms is referred to as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). While the symptoms usually end with the onset of the menstrual period, but some women might have symptoms that last throughout and even after their menstrual periods.

Behavioral and Emotional Symptoms:

  • Crying spells

  • Tension and/or anxiety

  • Depressed mood

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability or anger

  • Appetite changes and food cravings

  • Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep

  • Social withdrawal

  • Poor concentration

Physical Symptoms:

  • Headaches

  • Muscle or joint pain

  • Weight gain related to fluid retention

  • Abdominal bloating

  • Breast tenderness

  • Acne flare-ups

  • Diarrhea or constipation

Although there is a long list of potential symptoms and signs for PMS, most women who experience PMS only have a few of them. If you haven’t had luck managing your PMS after incorporating lifestyle changes, and the signs and symptoms that you suffer are seriously affecting your daily activities and health, you should schedule an appointment with your provider right away.