Typical Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Almost everyone has heard of PMS, premenstrual syndrome.

But not everyone knows what the typical symptoms are.

Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome


This means they may not get the treatment they need in order to live their best life.

The symptoms can manifest physically, emotionally and mentally.

They can last from 7 to 14 days prior to the onset of a woman’s period.

The symptoms can vary from month to month.

And can improve or worsen depending on various lifestyle issues.

Such as lack of sleep, poor diet, and too much stress.


Physical Symptoms

Common physical symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) to look out for include:

  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness even after resting
  • Listlessness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Lower back pain
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • An uncomfortable feeling of fullness
  • Food cravings, especially for sweet or salty foods
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Decreased sex drive


Emotional And Mental Symptoms

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) manifests in relation to mood and behavior in a number of ways, including:

  • Feeling sad
  • Depression, that is, feeling down and losing interest in things one normally enjoys
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased awareness of what is going on around them
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Poor body image, feeling unattractive


The poor body image issue can be caused by bouts of acne.

Which can often occur around the time of a woman’s period.

Bloating and weight gain can also make a woman feel less than desirable.

Especially if she can’t fit into her favorite clothes.

This can in turn lead to a decrease in libido, and therefore in intimacy.

Which can result in driving one’s partner away.

This “rejection” can also seem to occur if the woman acts moody or angry.

Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome


Worsening Of Existing Conditions

PMS has been shown to worsen some pre-existing conditions.

And those with them therefore need to be extremely vigilant.

The conditions most commonly affected include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Epilepsy and seizure-related disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraines


It can also affect pre-existing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

In addition, it can affect eating disorders.

Such as emotional eating and binge eating.



If you feel out of control of your own body from the middle of your cycle onward.

It could be a sign that you have premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

If you suspect you might have it, your first step is to grab a notebook.

Or set up a word processing document to start tracking your symptoms.

A PMS diary and menstruation diary can help track your patterns.

And aid the doctor in determining what will be the most effective treatments for you.


Suspected Cause Of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

The suspected cause of PMS is hormonal activity.

The trouble is that the hormones all interact in a complicated way with one another.

So it can be difficult to find just the right treatment to reduce the symptoms of PMS.


Relieving The Symptoms

There are three main options for symptom relief from premenstrual syndrome (PMS):

  1. Over-the-counter remedies
  2. Natural remedies
  3. Prescription medicines


These can be used singly or in combination to help relieve your symptoms

And get you back in control of your life.

There are many treatment options available.

Now that you know the main symptoms of PMS.

Keep a journal about your experiences.

And discover which options are best for you.


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