PMS is characterized by mood swings, irritability and depression, and physical manifestations like tender breasts, food cravings & fatigue. It is very common. Worldwide estimates suggest 3 out of 4 menstruating women have experienced premenstrual syndrome ranging from mild to severe, at some time during their menstruating life span.
Medical help is required and should be availed when the physical pain and emotional stress are intense enough to disrupt your lifestyle, family, and social interactions.
From Cyclic changes in hormones, serotonin-related Chemical changes in the brain to depression – the reasons may be varied. Maintaining a diary that tracks how your symptoms develop would be very helpful for your doctor.
Medications like Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-depressants, diuretics, and hormonal contraceptives, individually or in combination, will be prescribed to alleviate your symptoms.
It’s estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may vary from just slightly noticeable all the way to intense.
Still, you don’t have to let these problems control your life. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.