What is PMS?

We’ve probably all heard of PMS but do we really know what it is? I’ve heard of PMS being mentioned when referring to a woman’s MOOD but I’ve recently learned that there is more to it than that.

PMS stands for Pre-menstrual syndrome. Pre-menstrual syndrome is the medical term for the symptoms many women experience up to 2 weeks before their period arrives. Yes, some women don’t just have to deal with symptoms the week of their period, but the weeks leading up to it also. There are many symptoms, one of them being your MOOD. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Cramps
  • Backache
  • Tender breasts
  • Mild depression
  • Greasy Hair
  • Skin Problems
  • Headaches
  • Changes in appetite
  • Bloating
  • Feeling irritable
  • Low sex drive
  • Feeling Fatigued

PMS is probably a lot more common than what you realise as it is estimated that around 75% of women suffer with some form of PMS. Just like period symptoms, PMS symptoms can vary from person to person.

You can seek help from a medical proffesional if PMS starts to affect your everyday life. However, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help improve your PMS symptoms such as:

  • A healthy balanced diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Taking painkillers if needed
  • Getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night

It is also recommended to avoid drinking and smoking as much as possible as this can worsen your PMS.