What can trigger or aggravate PMS?

Certain factors are linked to the onset of PMS, or can increase its severity, such as:

  • events that affect your hormone levels, such as childbirth, stopping an oral contraceptive, or in the time leading up to the menopause;
  • poor diet;
  • being overweight;
  • lack of exercise;
  • increasing age; or
  • stress.
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