What is PMS?
Dealing with PMS
Do you experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or feel a ‘change in your hormones’ just before your monthly cycle? Do you cry, snap and feel so much like a walking, talking mess just before the onset of your period? Are you worried that something is wrong with you because everyone around you seems to have their game on – even when they are bleeding? Well, you’re not alone. One in five women experiences PMS and more than three-quarters of women report that the premenstrual phase makes them feel irritable.
What is PMS?
PMS is the collection of physical and emotional symptoms resulting from hormonal changes in your body during the few days before your period. While the exact cause behind PMS is unclear, it is believed that hormonal changes during this time increase your level of certain chemicals associated with mood swings.
PMS is not a disease; it mostly occurs in healthy women between the ages of 30 to 50 years. However, even younger women and men can experience PMS.
Symptoms of PMS
The hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle can affect your body in several ways and result in different symptoms every time you get your period. There are many premenstrual syndromes — not all women with a menstrual cycle will experience all these symptoms. Some only have one or two symptoms, while others may have almost all of them at once.
After your period, you may experience soreness when touching, squeezing or rubbing your breasts. As you cycle through your period, it’s common to feel varying degrees of breast pain before and during menstruation. During these times, the tenderness will typically subside within a few days after the flow begins. Breasts can also be tender and sore before menstruation — specifically in the two-and-a-half-week waiting period before menstruation. There are PMS breast supplements available to help ease the pain and tenderness during these times.