Premenstrual Syndrome; Acne, Mood swings, Anxiety

Grace couldn’t sleep last night. She had a shit load of work to do that morning. With her exams coming up, her online job and problems at home, she was beginning to lose it. She looked at the mirror and just as she suspected, she had gained an unrighteous amount of weight. Her belly was so bloated, she could pass as a pregnant woman in her first trimester. Her skin went on a revenge rampage, breakouts like she had never had.

In class, she couldn’t concentrate as her hands shook like they had a mind of their own and her mind ran with the speed of light. She had begun to withdraw from friends again. She smiled while in the company of others but in her head and heart, she felt a deep crushing feeling of sadness. She went home and cried till her eyes went sore. She cried not only because of how she felt but because she went through this every month.

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME……

Over 90% of females experience psychological and physical symptoms a week or two before their period.

What exactly is Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? PMS is a group of psychological and physical symptoms typically from the time of ovulation to the time of menstrual period. It is a very common and underrated entity.

PMS is nonspecific and diverse ranging from physical symptoms (e.g back and muscle pain, abdominal bloating, cramping , acne, headaches, sore and swollen breasts, sensitivity to light or sound, unusual clumsiness) to psychological symptoms (e.g anxiety, unusual anger and irritability, insomnia, fatigue, changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating, decreased sex drive).

Do you have PMS?

If you suspect that you may have PMS. Keeping a diary ( mental or physical) to track when your symptoms arise will help an individual notice a certain pattern. If you experience same symptoms at about the same time every month, PMS may be the cause. If not PMS, other conditions such as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome may be the cause.

Most people do not realize that their symptoms are related to menstruation, especially those with irregular cycles. PMS symptoms usually arise a week or two before your period begins and ends while on your period or when your period ends.

Can PMS be treated ?

Yes, PMS can most definitely be treated. Here are some treatment options:

• Gentle Exercises.

• Relaxation Techniques: Yoga, journaling, going for a walk, speaking to a friend.

• Stay hydrated.

• Eat healthy foods

• Medications such as Pain relievers.

You should see a doctor If symptoms do not improve, if they worsen despite treatment, or if they interfere with your ability to perform daily tasks.

A small percentage of people can develop a severe form of PMS called PMDD. If you experience this, please see a doctor.

Do you experience PMS or know anyone who does? You’re not alone and you matter.

If this article was helpful to you, please leave a comment and share 💕

18 Comments

  1. efemenaovie says:

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been so unproductive this week, it has been crazy, I’ve been stuck in my head all week and it feels like I can’t do anything right. I didn’t realize there was a term for it. Thank you so much for this informative post. It was a great read!

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    1. I know how you feel, darling 🥲I’m glad you found it very informative 💕

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  2. Jiro-no-siento says:

    Love this!❤️❤️ Well written, well said👏

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    1. Thank you for your feedback 💕

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  3. Orevaoghene Etah says:

    This information is very helpful but how can we differentiate PMS from early pregnancy symptoms?

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    1. Thank you for your comment 💕
      Implantation bleeding usually occurs with early pregnancy. So you won’t see spotting or light bleeding with PMS till your period comes, which would be your regular flow. Also the symptoms associated with PMS would disappear when you get your period. However, if in doubt, a person should go for a urine/serum pregnancy test.

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  4. Pandora says:

    Wow….
    Learning something new.
    Thanks Kindie❣️

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    1. You’re always welcome 🤗

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      1. Deborah Onyeogo says:

        Short and very informative. Thank you Kind for sharing.🤗🤗

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  5. Thank you for reading 💕

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  6. Orevaoghene Etah says:

    So to know if you are experiencing just PMS and not early pregnancy symptoms is for you to see your period shortly after that because not all women experience implantation bleeding.

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    1. Yeah, that’s right

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  7. Emmanuella says:

    Very Relatable
    This was me last week 🥲
    Wonderful write-up ❤️

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    1. Thank you 😊 💕

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      1. Ebube Ogbonna says:

        This was a good read for me, it has an educative content 👍

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        1. Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m elated that you find it educative.

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  8. blessing3010 says:

    Thank you for this, I really appreciate the fact that you had to take your time to write down the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS. I do experience some of which you’ve stated, never did I knew PMS was the cause. This article was met just for me 😌

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    1. I’m glad you could relate 🤗💕

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