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10 signs and symptoms of PreMenstrual Syndrome

Updated on August 9, 2015

If you want to scare a man off simply mention Premenstrual Syndrome and you will get him running to the hills. PMS affects most women at some point during their life with the symptoms worsening during times of hormonal change. Different symptoms and their intensity may vary from cycle to cycle.

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of PMS.

  1. Sore Breasts - This is when the breasts feel fuller, larger and maybe even sensitive, hard and sore. This normally happens a few days before menstruation. During these days a woman may need a larger sized bra.
  2. Mood swings - One minute a woman is laughing and the next she is crying! Also to be expected, are irrational outbursts of emotion like getting too angry at minor issues. Mood swings may also be accompanied by depressed negative feelings, anxiety and worrying.
  3. Headaches - Hormonal change before menstruation may also trigger headaches. Headaches experienced may be mild or could even turn into migraines.
  4. Food Cravings - Wondering were all the chocolate in the house is going? Could be its being devoured by a premenstrual woman! Food cravings especially for sweet or salty foods are very normal!
  5. Bloating - Bloating feels horrible especially when coupled with water retention, both of which are common symptoms of pms.
  6. Fatigue - Extreme tiredness, dark circles and loss of energy are all associated with the pre menstrual phase. Furthermore, insomnia is also a common PMS symptom so no wonder a woman may appear totally zonked out during this phase!
  7. Heart Palpitations - Although this is not one of the most common PMS symptom, it does affect some women. Women who are effected by this symptom normally feel very worried about this and it may take a few cycles until they realize that it is associated with PMS.
  8. Painful Joints - This kind of pms symptom sometimes feels like the joint pain associated with the flu.
  9. Changes in Bowel habits - Bowel movements may be altered during the PMS stage. During PMS women are more likely to experience loose stools.
  10. Acne - Pre existing acne may worsen during PMS while a person with a clear face may experience a few spots during the PMS phase.


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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      Yeah these are the most common symptoms so you are likely to have felt one of these. In reality there are over a hundred emotional, behavioral and psychological PMS symptoms.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I have felt all of these at one time or another. Great information. voted up.

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      The things we women have to go through. I can't imagine my hubbie having PMS!!!

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      klurbauer 6 years ago from Brink of Insanity ;)

      Great article! Good information for everyone and it helps to be able to go through a list like this and realize where some of those troubling symptoms might be coming from. Even for women themselves, it can be easy to forget how much our bodies are affected by these monthly hormonal changes.

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 6 years ago from NC

      I had no idea heart palpatations could be caused by PMS! It all makes sense now. Thank you so much for this article!

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Voted up and useful. And then men wonder what makes us women so grouchy. Ha!