Premenstrual syndrome (PMS Symptoms) facts
Premenstrual syndrome – PMS is a set of specific physical and psychological features.
Physical symptoms of PMS include breast tenderness and bloating.
Psychological changes or PMS may include anger and depression.
PMS occurs in the last half of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
The exact cause is unknown but is believed to be related to interactions between sex hormones and brain chemicals (neurotransmitters).
PMS must be distinguished from other disorders that produce similar symptoms.
A helpful diagnostic tool for PMS is a menstrual diary.
Treatment options for PMS include exercise, a healthy lifestyle, emotional support from family and friends, and medications.
Possible medical treatments for PMS include diuretics, pain killers, oral contraceptives, drugs that suppress ovarian function, and antidepressants.
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