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How many times did you feel like you were out of the mood for no apparent reason? Or you felt like you just can’t stand any family member and extremely agitated by anything they say? How many times did you cry for no apparent reason?
Sudden mood swings right before your menstrual cycle are normal and caused by the fluctuation of hormones your body is going through.
What is PMS?
Pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) are a mix of symptoms women experience up to two weeks before their period starts. Of course, symptoms vary from woman to woman.
PMS can be both emotional and physical symptoms. Not all women experience severe PMS, but according to research, more than 90 percent of women experience PMS at a certain point in time.
The main cause of PMS remains unknown, however, according to research, the reason women experience PMS is because of the fluctuations of the sex hormone and serotonin levels that take place during the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
What are the symptoms of PMS?
PMS can have both physical, emotional, or behavioral symptoms. You may experience mild mood swings, or you may actually experience symptoms that prevent you from going on with your everyday life.
Symptoms of PMS:
- Emotional outbursts
- Change in sex libido
- Social withdrawal
- Abdominal cramps
- Joint/muscle pain
- Sore breasts
- Acne breakouts
- Changes in bowel movements
- Overall fatigue
- Water retention in your entire body
How do I ease the symptoms?
While there is no cure for PMS, there are ways to manage the symptoms. The following are tips to help ease PMS:
- Drink fluids to prevent water retention in your body
- Eat healthily
- Performing stress-relieving activities such as reading/taking a walk
- Taking vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B-6, and magnesium to help relieve cramps and mood swings.
If you are experiencing severe PMS symptoms that last for a long period of time, or if you feel like your symptoms are preventing you from living your normal everyday life, it is important to speak to your doctor to rule out any complications.
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)- Mayo Clinic
- Understanding PMS- Healthline
- What is PMS?- WebMD
- Premenstrual Syndrome- Office on Women’s Health
- Missing Your Period Doesn’t Mean You’re Pregnant
- Tips to Cope With Divorce
- Menopause: What Is It and What Are Its Symptoms?
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