What are the symptoms of PMS

are the symptoms of PMS 

gain understanding

Unfortunate generalizations are prevalent regarding the ‘condition’ of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. These lead to many (maybe roughly 50% of the population?) believing that all women have the same experience, month in and month out.


Women experience a range of different symptoms when it comes to PMS. Also the severity can be different, with some women having few and relatively painless symptoms, while others are at the other end of the scale.

Additionally, a woman’s experience may vary
from period to period. This can be especially so with alternating periods, as
eggs are released from alternate ovaries each month.


on Severity and Duration of Symptoms


Research shows that approximately 5% of women
experience severe symptoms of PMS. On the other hand, 85% claim they only
suffer mild to moderate symptoms of PMS, and the remaining women don’t show any
signs of discomfort.


Most women suffer from PMS one to two weeks
before their period. Studies indicate that most report experiencing symptoms
around six days before their actual menstruation period.


These symptoms usually disappear within three
days of the start of their menstrual bleeding. There are 150 different physical
and behavioral symptoms of PMS classified by experts. However, the range of
symptoms experienced by most women is much less.


The following are some of the most common
symptoms associated with PMS.







Mild headaches
and migraines

Decreased libido

Food cravings

Low back pain and
joint pain


Acne and pimples

Palpitations and
pounding heartbeat

bloating and weight gain


Fluid retention

Muscle aches and

Breast tenderness
and swelling

disturbances, such as insomnia and fatigue

Hot flushes

tendency towards hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, resulting in craving sweet

sensitivity to light, touch and sounds


Psychological Symptoms


Mood swings and
depressive moods



focusing and reduced alertness


Feeling upset and

Feeling awkward
and clumsy






Who Are More
At Risk of Experiencing PMS Symptoms?


There is a higher
incidence rate among teenage girls and younger women

Women who have
depressive tendencies

Women who are living
a sedentary lifestyle

Women continually
exposed to stressful situations

Too much sugar or
caffeine in their diet

Excessive alcohol

If other member’s
of your immediate family have symptoms, you may too

Vitamin B6,
magnesium and calcium deficiencies.


If a woman’s PMS symptoms become so severe
that they cannot function normally, their condition may be classified as PMDD
or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.


How Is PMS


Before consulting your doctor about your own
PMS symptoms, it would help them in their diagnosis if you can provide a list
of both physical and behavioral symptoms that you experience each month, and
the time when you do.


This is because some PMS symptoms may also
represent as warning signs to other medical conditions. 


Managing PMS


If you want to take some control and try to
manage your own symptoms naturally, one of the most important steps to take is
to reduce your stress levels.

Next, make healthy changes to your diet.


Start by reducing sugar and caffeine. Also go
easy on the salt shaker. Include fiber-rich foods in your diet, such as beans,
nuts, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.


Taking two tablespoons of flax seeds is also
helpful in managing the effects of hormonal fluctuations during this time of the
month. Simply add some flaxseeds to your smoothies or sprinkle some on your


For many or most women, modern diets may not
have adequate proper nutrient value, even if food (energy) volume is sufficient
or even excessive. Therefore, vitamin and mineral supplementation is often a
must. Consult your doctor so you will know the right amount of vitamins and
minerals to take daily.


Exercise should be an indispensable part of
your PMS management plan. There are herbs for specific PMS symptoms that you
can use too. Some herbs have been proven to reduce PMS symptoms, these include
chaste berry fruit extract, dandelion root and wild yam.


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Rod Stone
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