Premenstrual Syndrome is the physical and emotional symptoms that occur a few weeks or days before you begin your menstrual cycle. Symptoms can vary between women. It is also known as premenstrual tension (PMT). Women from ages 20-40 are most likely to experience PMS/PMT. These symptoms come into action before your period and will disappear when your period is over.

Physical Symptoms

  • Backache
  • Tiredness/dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Weight Gain
  • Breast tenderness

Emotional Symptoms

  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling Emotional/Tearful
  • Decrease in self esteem
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Feeling irritables
  • Confusion

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
This disorder affects less women but the symptoms and effects are more extreme. Women who suffer with PMDD find it hard to deal with and live their everyday lives.

PMDD Symptoms

  • Persistent feelings of depression
  • Extreme Tension and irritability
  • Decreased interest in usual activities
  • Anger / Anxiety

Remember, you are not alone in how you feel. There are plenty of treatments or simple lifestyle changes that you can bring in to your everyday life. Ask your GP for more advice.