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How Do I Know About PMS Symptoms?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. PMS refers to a set of physical, behavioral, or emotional symptoms that tend to:

1. Start during the second half of the menstrual cycle (14 days or more after the first day of your last menstrual period)
2. Go away 4 – 7 days after a menstrual period ends (during the first half of the menstrual cycle)

It is important to keep a daily diary or log to record the type of symptoms you have, how severe they are, and how long they last. You should keep this “symptom diary” for at least 3 months. It will help your doctor make an accurate PMS diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.

The most common physical symptoms include:

  • Abdominal fullness, feeling gaseous
  • Bloating of the abdomen
  • Breast tenderness
  • Clumsiness
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Food cravings
  • Headache
  • Less tolerance for noises and lights

Other symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness (See also: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
  • Feelings of tension, anxiety, or edginess
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritable, hostile, or aggressive behavior, with outbursts of anger toward self or others
  • Loss of sex drive (may be increased in some women)
  • Mood swings
  • Poor judgment
  • Poor self-image, feelings of guilt, or increased fears
  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement

How Do I Know About PMS Symptoms? is a post from: HealthLob.com

 
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