Sooo many people talk about PMS, but don't know what it is! PMS is simply the hormonal time right before we get our moon. You know that feeling a few days before your next period when you feel like you want to punch anyone who disagrees with you – oh and anyone who tells you you’re overreacting and shouldn’t punch people?

Yeah, us too: it’s called premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and it’s the worst.

The rising progesterone contributes to the production of a hormone called cortisol which is often associated with anxiety and stress. So if you find yourself losing it at the smallest inconvenience, don’t worry – you don’t need anger management, you’re just full of cortisol.

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of signs and symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.
  • Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may vary from just slightly noticeable all the way to intense.
  • Still, you don't have to let these problems control your life. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

-There are emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms- Here are some of them: Tension or anxiety. Depressed mood. Crying spells. Mood swings and irritability or anger. Appetite changes and food cravings. Trouble falling asleep (insomnia). Social withdrawal. Poor concentration. Change in libido

-There are also Physical signs and symptoms:  Joint or muscle pain. Headache. Fatigue. Weight gain related to fluid retention. Abdominal bloating. Breast tenderness. Acne flare-ups. Constipation or diarrhea. Alcohol intolerance

-For some, the physical pain and emotional stress are severe enough to affect their daily lives. Regardless of symptom severity, the signs and symptoms generally disappear within four days after the start of the menstrual period for most women.

-But a small number of women with premenstrual syndrome have disabling symptoms every month. This form of PMS is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD signs and symptoms include depression, mood swings, anger, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, difficulty concentrating, irritability and tension.

- If you haven't been able to manage your premenstrual syndrome with lifestyle changes and the symptoms of PMS are affecting your health and daily activities, see your doctor.

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