Questions Commonly Asked About PMS

Common Questions about PMS

Most people know about PMS from the jokes that are consistently being told about the condition; however, do you really know what PMS is?
PMS is a condition that is directly linked to menstruation. It does not occur prior to the onset of menstruation, nor does it continue at menopause. It is influenced and driven by the hormonal fluctuation that occur during the monthly cycle, and as such is a multi faceted condition which has a wide array of symptoms. Once menstruation actually occurs, PMS quickly abates until it is once again nonexistent. Since PMS is uniquely tied to the hormonal fluctuations in a woman’s body, symptoms and severity vary from case to case.

PMS causes you most likely know about are hormonal fluctuations, yet did you know that there are some factors which actually aggravate the symptoms?
Stress is one of the factors that can greatly affect the severity of PMS. Moreover, a lack of exercise, emotional problems, money worries, and of course relationship issues will have an adverse effect on the symptoms as well.

How do you know if you are suffering from PMS?
Since PMS is so uniquely tied to the woman who experiences it, there is no hard and fast rule for the severity of the symptoms. Common complaints include bloating, water weight gain, gastrointestinal upset, acne, a swelling of the breasts and increased tenderness, fatigue that may be so severe as to become debilitating, pain in the joints and muscles that mimics flu like symptoms, and also pronounced food cravings. In some cases the short term memory is also adversely affected, and a lapse of things that must be remembered is a common enough event. Perhaps the most serious symptoms of PMS are the uncontrollable mood swings and also the sudden bouts of anxiety that mimics a similar psychological disorder.

Even though this form of PMS sounds rather serious, there is one form of PMS that actually requires medical intervention. Do you know what it is called?
Worse than PMS is PMDD, short for premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It has the same symptoms as PMS, yet they are greatly strengthened. Thus, mood swings in PMS may actually translate into dangerous bouts of anger in cases of PMDD. At the same time, anxiety may give way to such despair that suicidal thoughts are actually not unheard of in this instance. Food cravings are replaced with binge eating and the even more dangerous binging and purging. Relationship problems may morph into a complete lack of interest in any of the current, lasting relationships and may cause women suffering from PMDD to actually cut off ties they thus far held dear.

It matters little if you are affected with PMS or wonder about these symptoms in a loved one. It is crucial that you know what PMS and also PMDD look like, how the symptoms may gradually come on or actually suddenly burst onto the scene and then just as quickly diminish. Moreover, know that there is hope and help, in some cases even medication.

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