Seventy-five percent of women suffer from PMS symptoms at some point in their life, including headaches, cramps, irritability and weight gain.
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Do you suffer from breast tenderness? Do frequent cramps have you reaching for a hot water bottle? Has insomnia made you irritable? Are you putting on weight due to cravings? Are headaches, anxiety and a loss of libido disrupting your life?
Women [who suffer from PMS] will be able to answer ‘yes’ to at least three of these questions.
‘Premenstrual syndrome’, known in short as PMS, is a collection of symptoms that effect around 75 percent of menstruating women.
PMS occurs during the ‘luteal phase’ of the menstrual cycle, that’s two weeks between ovulation and the first day of bleeding.
According to PubMed Health, during this time, some women feel a wide range of physical discomforts, such as abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, backache, headaches, bloating, weight gain, breast tenderness, possible sleeping issues and digestive discomfort.
Some women even report feelings of psychological distress, such as anxiety, sadness, exhaustion, irritability and low self-esteem.
These symptoms aren’t the same for all women, but many experience a few or combination of them during this ‘luteal phase’.