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Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name for the symptoms women can experience in the weeks before their period. Each woman's symptoms are different and can vary from month to month.


  • Mood swings
  • Feeling upset, anxious, or irritable
  • Tiredness or trouble sleeping
  • Bloating or tummy pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Spotty skin
  • Greasy hair
  • Changes in appetite and sex drive

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

  • Physical symptoms such as cramps, headaches, and joint and muscle pain
  • Behavioral symptoms such as binge eating and problems sleeping
  • Mental and emotional symptoms, such as feeling very anxious, angry, depressed, or, in some cases, even suicidal



  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet – you may find that eating frequent smaller meals (every 2-3 hours) suits you better than eating 3 larger meals a day
  • Get plenty of sleep – 7 to 8 hours is recommended
  • Try reducing your stress by doing yoga or meditation
  • Keep a diary of your symptoms for at least 2 to 3 menstrual cycles
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not drink too much alcohol
  • Supplements such as vitamin B6, calcium and vitamin D, and magnesium