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What is Premenstrual Syndrome(PMS)?

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a set of physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the days leading up to a woman's period. It affects up to 75% of women. This means that 3 out of 4 menstruating women have experienced pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).

Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

Symptoms of PMS range from mild(barely noticeable) to severe which can cause a disruption in a woman's daily activities.

They include emotional symptoms like mood swings, food cravings, irritability and depression, and physical symptoms like headaches, fatigue, joint or muscle pain, acne flare-ups, diarrhoea and constipation, bloating, tender breasts, and cramps.

Causes Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

The exact causes of PMS are not yet known. However, there are several potential factors that may contribute to its development. These include hormonal imbalances, lifestyle factors like stress or poor diet, and genetics. Understanding the possible causes of PMS can help women manage their symptoms more effectively.

Because symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern, using a period calendar can help you keep track of the trend.

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