Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the term used to describe a mixture of physical and emotional symptoms that some women experience before their menstrual period each month. PMS is more common in women over the age of 30 and usually ends with the onset of menopause. For about 10% of women, these symptoms may be severe and interfere with their quality of life.
Physical symptoms may include:
- Weight gain
- Breast soreness
- Swollen hands and feet
Emotional symptoms may include:
- Mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
- Change in sex drive
There are no cures for PMS; however, there are medications which may help to relieve symptoms. In order for your doctor to make the best decision for your treatment, he or she needs an accurate list of your symptoms. It will be helpful for you to keep track of what symptoms you have, when they appear, how severe they are, and when they disappear.
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