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PreMenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) includes a wide variety of symptoms that are linked to the menstrual cycle.PMS symptoms usually occur up to 14 days before the period (menstruation) starts. The symptoms usually stop soon after the period starts.

Up to 75% of menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome.

Symptoms of PMS can be separated into two categories:

PHYSICAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Acne flare-ups
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Headache or backache
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Weight gain related to fluid retention
  • Fatigue
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Hot flashes

SYMPTOMS

  • Emotional changes
  • Depressed mood
  • Feeling irritable, tense or anxious
  • Mood swings
  • Crying spells
  • Feeling tired
  • Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
  • Trouble with concentration or memory
  • Social withdrawal
  • Appetite changes and food cravings
  • Not feeling as interested in sex
  • Wanting to be alone

Most women with premenstrual syndrome do not experience all of these problemsWomen with PMS cannot cope with their daily activities as the emotional stress and the pain can affect their routine at home or at work

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS

WHAT CAUSES PMS

The causes of PMS are not clear. Generally
Changes in hormone levels during the menstrual cycle seem to cause PMS symptoms.Chemical changes of the brain, especially changes of the chemical called serotonine, may cause mood changes.

HOW DO YOU TREAT PMS

There is no simple answer to that, most of the times combinations of measurements are required to treat this condition:
  • Changing Lifestyles
  • Modifying diets
  • Exercising regularly
  • Managing stress
  • Medical treatment
  • Alternative medicines
If you think you may have PMS then contact us. You will receive personalised care plan for your PMS after careful assessment of your conditions