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Premenstrual Syndrome, commonly referred to by the initials PMS, is a term used to describe the symptoms a woman may experience in the lead up to her period. Every woman’s PMS symptoms are different and these can vary from month to month. PMS symptoms include headaches, mood swings and changes in sleep patterns. PMS is caused by fluctuating hormone levels at certain points during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
PMS is very common, with most women experiencing premenstrual syndrome at some point in their lives. Often women can deal with PMS symptoms themselves by taking over-the-counter painkillers and practising self-care, such as exercising, eating a healthy diet and doing yoga or pilates to reduce stress. However, for some women, premenstrual syndrome can have a negative impact on their daily lives. If this is the case, then help is available. A doctor may prescribe medication, such as antidepressants or the combined contraceptive pill, or recommend a talking therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Every woman is different and a treatment that works for one person, may not be suitable for helping another person’s PMS symptoms.
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There are several different PMS symptoms. You may have experienced one, some or all of the following:
A small number of women may experience more severe PMS symptoms, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
PMDD symptoms are more intense than PMS and can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. PMDD symptoms can include headaches, cramps, joint pain, muscle pain, sleep problems, binge eating, extreme anxiety, depression, anger and sometimes even suicidal thoughts and feelings.
The exact cause of PMS is unknown, but there are several factors that contribute to this condition.
If lifestyle changes or dietary changes are not enough to alleviate your PMS symptoms, then the doctor may suggest one of the following PMS treatments.
Some women may turn to complementary therapies as an alternative PMS treatment. Women who opt for complementary therapies such as acupuncture and reflexology swear by these treatments, although the evidence of their effectiveness is limited.
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What are the stages of the menstrual cycle?
The menstrual cycle is divided into four stages:
Each stage varies from woman to woman and this can change over time.
How long does PMS last before a period?
You may experience PMS symptoms up to two weeks before your period, although they typically start a week before your period. The symptoms usually stop within a couple of days of your period starting. This can vary from woman to woman.
What can I do at home to reduce PMS symptoms?
There are certain things you can do at home which may help reduce your PMS symptoms as well as maintain overall good health. You should exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet. You may find that eating frequent smaller meals helps alleviate symptoms like abdominal bloating. Over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with any pain.
Does PMS get worse with age?
Unfortunately yes, premenstrual syndrome can get worse with age. This often happens when women reach perimenopause, starting the transition into menopause, in their late 30s to early 40s. It is important to remember that you don’t have to suffer in silence and you should go to a doctor if your symptoms begin to affect your day-to-day life.
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