One day you feel great, and the next — well, you just don’t feel like yourself. You’re crampy, bloated, moody and craving a plateful of carbs.
You’re not alone. These symptoms are part of what is known as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, and 69% of women ages 25-34 say period symptoms often keep them from doing the things that are important to them.1
For most women, premenstrual symptoms can start anywhere from one to two weeks before their period begins. Symptoms can vary from woman to woman and may include:
Pain: Cramps, backache, headaches or migraines, other aches and pains
Digestive problems: Bloating, nausea or upset stomach, diarrhea
Feelings: Stress, not feeling like yourself, trouble sleeping, fatigue
Other: Food cravings, swelling, acne
These symptoms usually disappear once your period starts. For some women, though, certain symptoms of PMS, such as painful cramping, may last for the first few days of their period.