Could It Be PMS?
Three out of four women experience premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, at some point in their lives—and it's never fun. Learn more about how to keep PMS at bay.
Oct 21, 2019Your Health
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From Women's Health Foundation
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a set of symptoms that usually occurs one or two weeks before the start of your period. Some women develop PMS in their teens; others develop it later on, even in their 30s or 40s. Three out of four women will experience PMS at some point in their lives.
Symptoms—and their intensity—can vary from month to month. They usually disappear once your period starts.
You may experience a handful of these signs and symptoms:
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Researchers don't know the exact cause of PMS, but changes in hormone levels over the course of the month are most likely a culprit. Brain chemicals may also play a role. Other possible contributors to PMS include:
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help ease cramps and reduce other symptoms.
You can also help keep PMS at bay by: