8 Important Facts
About PMS. Getting to the bottom of PMS with fast PMS facts is a great way of checking how much you really know about this condition that might be – to some – a debilitating condition that hits them once a month.
#1. PMS affects both men and women. Although termed premenstrual syndrome, the fact that men’s hormone levels undergo a cycle just like women’s, makes it a useful term to employ for both genders.
#2. PMS is a highly individualized condition. No two women are affected in exactly the same way by the symptoms, their severity, or even the duration. This begs the question if PMS is really comparable from woman to woman.
#3. PMS is most commonly diagnosed in women of childbearing age. The time frame that it affects them is seven days prior to the first day of menses up to the actual first day of the period itself. In this time span the female body readies the uterus to shed the unneeded lining in the form of a regularly scheduled period. This process of readying the body comes with a host of symptoms.
#4. Symptoms of PMS are divided into two categories: physical and emotional manifestations. Physical manifestations include the outbreak of acne, the sudden increase of oiliness of the skin, and also an increase in dandruff. Water accumulates in the body and collects around the waist line, the hips, and also the ankles. Women who are naturally predisposed to suffering from migraines will be at an increased risk of coming down with a serious episode. Abdominal cramping may be present and range from mild pangs to severe contractions that to some might even mimic labor pains. On the emotional side, symptoms include a sudden upset in a woman’s ability to differentiate small annoyances from bona fide problems that warrant a fight or flight response. Mood swings abound, and in occasional instances there are times that PMS will usher in severe depression.
#5. PMS is one of the few medically recognized conditions that are the butt of copious jokes, and which even some physicians still treat as outcroppings of female hysteria. As such, they may be overly quick to subscribe psychotropic drugs to women who are actually healthy, but suffer severely from PMS.
6. PMS is easily misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety disorder, or an anger disorder. Conversely, it is much rarer that depression is misdiagnosed as PMS.
#7. PMS is so severe that it prevents some sufferers to perform their assigned tasks at work. This results in sick days, and eventually also in job losses when the time off requests exceed the accumulated sick time available.
#8. Men who suffer from PMS sometimes find themselves embroiled in legal difficulties, such as court ordered anger management classes for incidents of road rage. Although they might not normally fall into the category of individuals needing this kind of anger management, during the times of hormonal flux they find that their temper is hard to reign in. Since male PMS is not widely recognized or discussed, help is hard to find for them.
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