Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the changes in your body or mood that are related to your menstrual cycle. The changes may bother you during the second phase of your cycle. This is between the time you release an egg (ovulate) and the first days of your period.
Doctors don't know why some women have PMS while others do not. It's also not clear why some women have worse symptoms.
PMS symptoms include bloating and muscle aches. You also may be moody and have food cravings and sleep problems. You will know you have PMS if your symptoms affect your work, school, or relationships. Talk with your doctor about things you can do to feel better. There are many home treatments and medicines that you can try.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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