I don’t know about you, but I hate having my period every month. It’s a disgusting, messy process that hits every single woman in the world – from the most desolate village in Africa to bustling New York City. But it is the one thing that unites all of us together. That’s kinda nifty when you think about.
Gross, but interesting.
What I hate more than bleeding for five to seven days each month is PMS (premenstrual syndrome). I have the worst PMS symptoms in the world. I probably experience every single symptom imaginable.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome include:
- Anxiety *
- Sadness or a depressed mood *
- Crying spells *
- Mood swings, irritability, anger *
- Appetite changes *
- Poor concentration *
- Joint or muscle pain *
- Headache *
- Fatigue *
- Bloating *
- Breast tenderness *
- Acne *
- Constipation or Diarrhea
I’ve put a star next to the symptoms that I experience.
As you can see, I experience a majority of these common symptoms of PMS. My symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the month. For example, in February, I had extreme fatigue, but in March, my fatigue is tolerable but instead, I experience the need to eat . . . and eat.
Sometimes my PMS is accompanied with restless leg syndrome – this tingling sensation in my legs. I have to massage my legs to get relief. One PMS symptom that I have each month is breast tenderness or soreness.
On average, PMS can start two weeks before your period – right around the time that you’re ovulating (when you are most fertile) and can last until you start your period (aka Menstrual Cycle for the medical term). Some women experience PMS symptoms several days before they start, while others experience symptoms for 14 days prior to the menstrual cycle starting.
Sometimes I wonder if I have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – which is a technical term for very severe PMS. I’ll discuss PMDD in another post. But PMDD affects up to 10 percent of all menstruating women. That’s one in ten!
So what’s your PMS story? How bad are your symptoms? Tell us!
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