Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of physical and psychologic symptoms that occur before a menstrual period begins. The type and intensity of symptoms vary from woman to woman and the various symptoms of PMS can temporarily upset a woman’s life.


Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome

Physical Symptoms:

Awareness of heartbeats (palpitation); backache; bloating; breast fullness and pain; changes in appetite and craving for certain foods; constipation; cramps, heaviness, or pressure in the lower abdomen (dysmenorrhea); dizziness; easy bruising; fainting; fatigue; headaches; hot flushes; insomnia; joint and muscle pain; skin problems such as acne; swelling of the hands and feet; and weight gain.


Psychologic Symptoms:

Agitation; confusion; crying spells; depression; difficulty concentrating; emotional hypersensitivity; forgetfulness and memory loss; irritability; mood swings; nervousness; and short temper.


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