PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is a common condition affecting an estimated 75% of menstruating women. It is characterized by a range of physical, psychological and behavioral symptoms that can have a significant impact on one's life. Symptoms can include mood swings, depression, irritability, fatigue, bloating, breast tenderness, and food cravings, among others. PMS can be managed through lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, getting more exercise, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Additionally, medications and supplements may be helpful in alleviating symptoms. It is important to remember that PMS is a real condition, and that it affects many women. With proper management, it is possible to reduce the impact of PMS and enjoy life to the fullest.
Premenstrual Conditions are different for each woman. The most common symptoms are:
- Breast tenderness & swelling,
- Joint or muscle pain
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a serious condition that affects approximately 5% of women. PMDD can significantly impact a woman's quality of life and daily activities.
PMS symptoms plus one or more:
Severe mood swings
Anger and/or irritability
Sleeping too much
Decreased interest in daily activities every month during the week or two before your period