My Menstrual Symptoms

Don't take your period lying down.

If you plan activities around your monthly calendar, dreading each time your period comes around, we really need to talk.

Countless women experience pesky monthly menstrual symptoms that signal their period is on its way. And these symptoms are part of what is known as premenstrual syndrome or PMS. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that at least 85% of women regularly experience a minimum of one PMS symptom with each monthly cycle.

The symptoms of PMS can vary from woman to woman and may include:

  • Cramps (sometimes severe)
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Backache
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tension, irritability, mood swings or crying spells
  • Other aches and pains

Why do I feel tired, achy and grouchy every month?

For most women, premenstrual symptoms can start anywhere from one to two weeks before their period begins.

These symptoms usually disappear once each period starts. For some women, though, certain symptoms of PMS, such as painful cramping, may last for the first few days of their period.

It's not clear exactly what causes PMS, but there may be several factors that can have an impact, such as:

  • Chemical changes in the brain
  • Changes in hormones
  • Stress
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • A diet high in salty foods
  • Drinking alcohol and caffeine

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