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PMS | Premenstrual Syndrome Signs and Symptoms

The intricacies of the menstrual cycle can trigger a wide range of signs and symptoms of PMS | premenstrual syndrome in many women.  PMS symptoms tend to get worse for women in their late thirties, after pregnancy, and just before menopause.  PMS is one of the most common health complaints of women.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of PMS | premenstrual syndrome below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of PMS | Premenstrual Syndrome include:

  • Unusual irritability or tenseness at certain times each month
  • Mood swings
  • Crying spells
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Depression
  • Low energy before your period
  • Sore, swollen breasts before your period
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fluid retention
  • Heavy cramping before and during our period
  • Food cravings
  • Acne and skin eruptions
  • Cravings for salt and sweets
  • Low back pain before your period
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Introversion
  • Weight gain from fluid retention

An estimated seventy-five percent of women experience some degree of PMS.  It occurs mainly during the two week period before menstruation.  However, most women only have a few of the signs and symptoms of PMS, and the signs and symptoms disappear once your period begins.

If your signs and symptoms of PMS are severe enough to affect your daily routine and activities, you may have a particularly severe form of PMS called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).  If you suspect you have PMDD, see your doctor.

Diagnosis of PMS | Premenstrual Syndrome

There are no laboratory tests for a diagnosis of PMS.  Instead, you may be asked to keep a chart or diary to track  the signs and symptoms of PMS and when they are occurring each month.

Books for Women With Signs and Symptoms of PMS | Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS: Solving the Puzzle – Sixteen Causes of Premenstrual Syndrome and What to Do About It
Linaya Hahn
The Hormonally Vulnerable Woman : Relief at last for PMS, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, adult acne, unwanted hair, female pain, migraine, weight gain, … all the problems of perimenopause
Geoffrey P. Redmond

The PMDD Phenomenon : Breakthrough Treatments for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Extreme Premenstrual Syndrome
Diana L. Dell
Taking Back the Month: A Personalized Solution for Managing PMS and Enhancing Your Health
Diana L. Taylor

PMS Resources

General Patient Resources

  • PMS Relief

Your complete guide to PMS, PMS remedy, and natural herbal PMS relief –

  • PMS Central

Dedicated to minimizing the effects of PMS in your life.

  • National Association For Premenstrual Syndrome

Welcome to NAPS forum, this longstanding service has become an enormously popular source of support for thousands of women and those affected by their menstrual health.

  • North American Menopause Society

The association provides written and on-line information about perimenopause and menopause.

  • Medicine Net. Com

In-depth web site reviews causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers signs and symptoms, treatments and self-care remedies.

  • Web MD

Find in-depth information on premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including symptoms ranging from bloating and weight gain to mood swings and depression.