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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?

PMS consists of both mental and physical symptoms, occurring 3-10 days before menses. Symptoms start to improve once menses begins. The cause of PMS is poorly understood, but is related to fluctuations in levels of female hormones.

Symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Discomfort or unpleasant symptoms occur when the period is about to start

  • Symptoms improve after period

  • Easily irritable

  • Headache

  • Excessively sleepy or falling asleep in the day

Questions your doctor may ask to check for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Do you have any discomfort or unpleasant symptoms, before or during your period?

  • Do your premenstrual symptoms improve once your period begins?

  • Do your breasts feel stretched, tight or full?

  • Do you feel easily frustrated or irritable?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

Treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Treatment of PMS mostly involves lifestyle changes like regular sleep cycles and a balanced diet with different minerals to prevent cramps. Medications can also help with muscle aches and stomach cramps. Counseling may be helpful in coping with the stress of this disorder.

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