PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome)

PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) is a condition that every woman suffers from. It is a combination of of emotional, physical, psychological, and mood disturbances that occur during a cycle and can end with menstrual flow, or continue through the cycle itself. There are many symptoms that occur with PMS including, but definitely not limited too headaches, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, vomiting, abdominal pain, depression, over sensitivity, irritability, mood swings, fatigue, breast tenderness, acne and food cravings. A more severe form of PMS exists called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which results in severe symptoms of those symptoms listed above and results in a loss of daily function.

Most women experience PMS is some form or another during their cycle, even if you are on birth control, you can still feel some of the effects within your body when that time of the month comes around. About 2-6% of women are considered to have a form of PMDD, which is the more severe condition of PMS. Of course these numbers can easily be off considering a number of women may not consider going to the doctor to help ease their symptoms as simply put up with the symptoms during that time. Some doctors even seem to take light of the disorder, simply chalking it up to “that time of the month” and not taking into consideration the severity.

The cause for PMS remains an enigma to the medical world. The wide range of symptoms make it difficult for a definitive diagnoses. Symptoms are usually treated individually instead of as a group as so many of the symptoms can be indications of other diseases. Several theories have been developed to try and explain the occurrence of PMS, but none are proven true and targeted treatment remains aloof because there is a lack of scientific evidence.

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