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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the name for some uncomfortable changes that can happen 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 people have PMS and others don't. They also don't know why some people 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. You may crave certain foods.
Any of these symptoms can get in the way of how well you feel. They may also affect your relationships, or your work or school. 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.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 11/19/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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