What is PMS all about and how do I know if I have it or not?

There’s a lot of talk (and blame) about PMS and many people assume that it’s something that happens to every girl or woman just before that time of the month.

But it’s important to understand the difference between Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and just having a few premenstrual symptoms. PMS is an actual syndrome. To be diagnosed with it a girl or woman must experience a consistent set of pre-menstrual symptoms that are strong enough to hinder her everyday life, for at least 3 cycles in a row.1

PMS symptoms include: feeling irritable, anxious, depressed or confused; angry outbursts, headaches, bloating, sore breasts, swollen hands and feet.

If you have noticed a distinct pattern of reoccurring symptoms like this for 3 months in a row or longer, speak with your doctor about it so they can rule out all possible causes and help you find the relief you need. 

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