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premenstrual syndrome (PMS) reference

All women undergo premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a group of symptoms that start one to two weeks before your period, at some point. Well, unconsciously though some have at least one or two symptoms of PMS, and the symptoms go away after their periods start. Join the couponers online for extra savings on your pads. For some women, the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with their lives. They have a type of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. Common PMS symptoms include: Breast swelling and tenderness, Acne, Bloating and weight gain, Pain - headache or joint pain, Food cravings, Irritability, mood swings, crying spells, and depression. No one knows what causes PMS, but hormonal changes trigger the symptoms.

No single PMS treatment works for everyone. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen may help ease cramps, headaches, backaches and breast tenderness. Exercising, getting enough sleep, and avoiding salt, caffeine, and alcohol can also help. Personality changes associated with this time can be very severe with some women describing a Jekyll and Hyde change where they literally become a different person pre-menstrual.

Women say that they know they are feeling and thinking differently to the point of being irrational but they have no control over those changes. For some women at that time the world seems completely negative, 'everything seems black', doom and gloom and they will often cry at the slightest thing without any real reason. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. Have no worries then about saving on pads, get discounts on couponers as much as 20% off. An estimated 3 of every 4 menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome.

These problems tend to peak during your late 20s and early 30s. Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. Yet the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may be particularly intense in some months and only slightly noticeable in others. Still, you don't have to let these problems control your life. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. For some women because the symptoms can be predominately psychological they are often prescribed tranquillizers or antidepressants. Other women have been just told to 'grin and bear it' or it's part and parcel of being a woman. And others have the situation where many doctors do not even believe that the condition exists.

It is assumed that PMS has an effect on a woman's general health by giving her any number of 150 different symptoms. But what if the situation is really the other way round? Get the Playtex Personal at 20% off at If you have not been eating well, maybe lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, not exercising, stressed, too much to do each day and generally feeling 'run down' it is very possible that your body's ability to produce the right balance of hormones and to utilize those hormones properly each cycle is going to be compromised.

lisawoodward is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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