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PMS Symptoms

PMS Symptoms

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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!

PMS Symptoms
Menstrual Cramps
Also known as period cramps, you will usually feel them in your lower tummy area, lower back, or along your inner thighs.
 
Breasts feel tender
Your breasts feel a little bigger, feel swollen, and may hurt when you touch or squeeze them.
 
Headaches
Hormonal changes during your period can cause headaches.
 
Acne
Hormonal changes during your period can cause your skin to break out.
 
Changes in Appetite
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.
 
Cravings
It’s completely normal to crave all your favorite foods. A popular favorite among women are chocolate and sweets!
 
Constipation & Diarrhea
Not often talked about but this is a very common PMS symptom.
 
Feeling Bloated
Your tummy or abdominal area may feel full or bigger than usual.
Feeling Moody
One minute you may feel super happy and the next minute you may feel sad. Mood swings are common PMS symptom.
 
Feeling Irritable
You may find a lot of things irritate you more than usual.
 
Feeling Tired
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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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!

5 comments

  1. What to do when u are at ur dad’s house and are not cofertable with getting pads with him.at night. At ten yo

    • Hi Hannah,

      I understand it may be uncomfortable asking your dad but at your age your dad already has an idea that you are going through these changes and needs supplies. It won’t come as a surprise to him as much as you think :). Try something like this (short and simple) “Hey dad I need pads, will you take me to the store to buy some?”

      Good luck :)

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  2. Initially I also faced these menstrual symptoms like menstrual cramps, heavy bleeding, mood swings and uneasiness. But then with the use of menstrual cups I could easily manage the heavy blood flow, and for menstrual pain I made use of hot bags which really helped me a lot.

  3. Huh, I get those all the time

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