When does PMS happen?
This syndrome occurs a week before the start of the period. In some cases, it starts with the ovulation period, thus it lasts about two weeks. It usually ends three to four days after the period. It is noteworthy that three out of four women and girls experience this syndrome, with a difference in the severity of symptoms, which makes it common and normal.
Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome
– Mood swings.
– Crying episodes.
– difficulty concentrating.
– Low sex drive.
– Body pains.
– Breast pain.
– Being more prone to pimples.
– Weight gain due to water retention.
– Constipation or Diarrhea.
I must highlight that if any more severe symptoms occur, such as migraines and vomiting, medical advice must be sought.
Causes of PMS
– The above symptoms happen because of the changes in hormone levels. Progesterone and Estrogen both increase in levels before the period, then they start declining when the period is about to happen.
– The hormonal changes affect the level of Serotonin, which is a hormone produced in the brain and is a neurotransmitter, this hormone is responsible for the emotional symptoms of this syndrome.
– Many women suffer from depression, stress, and anxiety which increases the severity of the PMS symptoms.
Treatment of PMS
To decrease the severity of the premenstrual syndrome, you can:
– Avoid smoking.
– Avoid sugary foods like chocolate, which women tend to consume during this period, and that improves the mood only temporarily. It is one of the triggers of the PMS symptoms.
– Avoid processed foods that are rich in salt and fats.
– Consume foods rich in protein.
– Get enough rest.
– Practice Yoga.
– Taking painkillers for headaches and camping.
– Get supplements like Primrose oil.
– Take hormonal treatments prescribed by the doctor like contraceptive pills.
I want to highlight that this syndrome is normal and should not be considered a stigma. We need to increase awareness of women’s mental and physical health. Therefore, we should handle these symptoms with ease, accept them and understand women and girls who go through them. I encourage all women and girls to talk about how they feel during this period to decrease frustration and get the support they need.
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