What are the symptoms of PMS?

There are over 150 symptoms, but most women have their own characteristic combination, or 'syndrome'. Even within the same person, the severity of these symptoms often varies from month to month.

The main symptoms of PMS are:

Your body

  • bloating;
  • weight gain;
  • headaches;
  • skin rashes;
  • breast tenderness;
  • pelvic pain;
  • constipation or diarrhoea;
  • puffiness of the face, abdomen or fingers;
  • muscle or joint stiffness, and backache;
  • abdominal pains or cramps; and
  • aggravation of conditions such as migraines, asthma, epilepsy.

Your mind

  • irritability;
  • aggressiveness;
  • tearfulness and 'feeling low';
  • poor concentration; and
  • anxiety, tension or unease.

Your behaviour

  • insomnia;
  • appetite changes;
  • mood swings and depression;
  • altered interest in sex;
  • food cravings; and
  • loss of self-control.
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