Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the name for some uncomfortable changes that can happen to women at a certain time of the month. This is the time between when your body releases an egg (ovulation) and the first days of your period.
Doctors don't know why some women have PMS and others don't. They also don't know why some women have worse symptoms than others.
There are different symptoms of PMS. You may have bloating or muscle aches. You may also feel moody or have trouble sleeping. Some women crave certain foods.
Any of these symptoms can get in the way of how well you feel. They may also affect your work or your relationships. Home treatments and medicines can help you feel better.
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:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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