All you need to know about PMS
Some women experience a severe form of PMS called PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.
If you’re a girl just entering puberty, you must be wondering what PMS is and what the big deal about it is. If you’re a woman, you already know. It’s that annoying time every month before your period when those three letters can wreak havoc in your life.
Either way, it’s a good idea for a refresher on the topic. Who knows, you might learn something new?
Here is everything you need to know about PMS and how to deal with it.
What is PMS & what does PMS stand for?
PMS stands for Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. It includes a wide range of symptoms and changes that your body may go through on the onset of your monthly period. Most women experience some form of PMS a week or so before the onset of their period.
Premenstrual symptoms can vary from girl to girl and can also mean different things. From PMS cramps and bloating to emotional changes, PMS can affect your body in myriad ways.
What are the common symptoms of PMS?
If you’re PMSing, you will know it right away. However, if you’re new to the world of PMS, here are some common premenstrual symptoms to watch out for:
- Mood swings and mild depression
- Breast tenderness
- Skin problems
- Bloating before periods
- Angry outbursts
The intensity of the above symptoms can vary for every girl and woman. Some women experience a severe form of PMS called PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. It can cause extreme irritability, depression, or anxiety before the periods.1
Going through these symptoms can be extremely daunting and uncomfortable. But it is important to know that PMS is completely normal and happens to most women in some form or the other. However, if you experience severe discomfort or pain, you must consult your doctor and seek medication immediately.
Studies suggest that about 75% women get some for of PMS like cramps, headaches or mood swings
What causes PMS?
While the exact cause of PMS is unknown, hormones are believed to play a big part in triggering the symptoms. Doctors and scientists suggest that PMS is related to the way your body’s hormones change through your monthly cycle, affecting various chemicals in your brain like serotonin.
Wondering who gets PMS and if there’s a way to avoid it? Studies suggest that about 75% of women get some form of PMS and experience PMS cramps, PMS headaches, or mood swings in varying intensities. This tells us that PMS is common and if you experience it, you are not alone.
How to cope with PMS?
Dealing with PMS and its forms can be challenging and frustrating. However, there are ways to beat the PMS blues and feel better. Here are some tips by Always: