Premenstrual Syndrome

(PMS) Women's Health

Premenstrual syndrome affects many women in their reproductive years. Its cause is unknown. Some sufferers have severe symptoms and seek treatment, while others’ symptoms are mild. PMS begins near the middle of the cycle, around ovulation, and continues until the menstrual period begins.

PMS complaints can include both emotional symptoms and physical symptoms.

Common emotional symptoms are:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability

Common physical complaints include:

  • Bloating
  • Acne
  • Food cravings
  • Breast soreness
  • Water retention

Lifestyle changes often alleviate symptoms. These may include: regular exercise, stress reduction, and avoidance of alcohol and caffeine. Sometimes, medical therapy is also necessary. Visit your provider to obtain the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment.