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What is PMS?

A powerful spell that women are put under about once every month, which gives them the strength of an ox, the stability of a Window’s OS, and the scream of a banshee. Basically, a man’s worst nightmare!

In all seriousness, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the term for the physical and emotional symptoms that many women get right before their periods begin each month.

Symptoms of PMS fall into two categories:

Physical symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Fluid retention and weight gain
  • Painful uterine cramps just before and during the first few days of menstruation
  • Headaches
  • Food cravings (especially for salty or sweet foods)
  • Acne breakout
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Backaches or muscle pain

Psychological and emotional symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Aggressiveness or hostility
  • Crying spells
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased appetite
  • Forgetfulness
  • Changes in sexual desire

The specific symptoms of PMS vary from woman to woman. But the top three complaints are irritability, fatigue, and bloating. PMS is usually at its worst during the 1 to 2 weeks before a woman’s period starts, and it usually disappears when her period begins.

Scientists and physicians are still trying to determine the exact cause of PMS. What is clear is that it is related to the body’s hormone shifts.

For some women, PMS symptoms are miserable, but the symptoms can often be tamed by lifestyle changes. The infographic below gives some tips on what can be done to manage these symptoms.

Do you have any tips or advice for women suffering from PMS? Share them in our comment section below!   

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