Let’s learn about our periods!
PMS symptoms are experienced 1-14 days before your period and may also persist into your period.
A majority of girls experience few or mild PMS symptoms. But different girls experience a different set of symptoms. So it’s totally normal if you don’t experience the same set of symptoms as your sister or friend.
The reason PMS symptoms vary and differ from girl to girl is that our bodies respond differently to the hormones that drive our menstrual cycle and the individual lifestyle choices we make.
Most girls will experience at least one symptom of PMS and it is usually not severe enough to interfere with your daily activities. So don’t worry! You can still do everything you usually do!
Also known as period cramps, you will usually feel them in your lower tummy area, lower back, or along your inner thighs.
Your breasts feel a little bigger, feel swollen, and may hurt when you touch or squeeze them.
Hormonal changes during your period can cause headaches.
Hormonal changes during your period can cause your skin to break out.
You may feel like you’re eating more than usual or you may feel that you’ve lost your appetite. Remember it is important to eat, especially during your period.
It’s completely normal to crave all your favorite foods. A popular favorite among women are chocolate and sweets!
Not often talked about but this is a very common PMS symptom.
Your tummy or abdominal area may feel full or bigger than usual.
One minute you may feel super happy and the next minute you may feel sad. Mood swings are common PMS symptom.
You may find a lot of things irritate you more than usual.
Even though it doesn’t feel like you’re doing a lot of work, your body is spending a lot of energy to prepare for your period so it’s normal to feel a little tired.
Treatment & Management
If PMS is bothering you, you can make some lifestyle changes to treat mild to moderate PMS. This includes:
- Getting regular exercise
- Quitting smoking
- Reducing intake of alcohol
- Staying hydrated
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- Managing your stress
If you experience severe PMS symptoms or that it interferes with your daily activities, then please see your doctor.
For relieving menstrual cramps, please see The Ultimate Guide To Relieving Menstrual Cramps
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