It’s a PMS–thing.

Have you ever experienced that time of the month where everything/everyone seems to tick you off and trigger your temper? When you suddenly snap at your friends or your family without even provocation from them? When you feel like craving for something sweet or munching up an extra slice of pizza?

Well, girls and women are all too familiar with this, especially a few days before “THAT” time of the month–a girl’s period. And those who know you well enough are quick to avoid your bad side because they do know that you’re having the PMS thing, and voila, PMS provides you with an excuse and get away with you acting cranky on certain days.

What exactly is PMS? PMS or Premenstrual symptoms is fairly common among ovulating women during childbearing years. 7-14 days before the onset of your period, hormonal changes occur in a woman’s body, thereby triggering a set of physical and emotional symptoms. Though the exact cause of this condition is unknown, it is believed to be related to a combination of hormonal changes/imbalances, nutrition and psychological factors, but among these 3, researchers believe that the hormones estrogen and progesterone which plays a big part in the menstrual cycle interact with some brain chemicals or neurotransmitters that contribute to the PMS symptoms.

It triggers a variety of symptoms among women, some experiencing it worse than others. These symptoms may/ may not include: low back pain, headache, fatigue, breast tenderness/painful breasts, mood swings, cravings for certain food, depression, and sometimes even nausea and vomiting.

No single exact treatment is known to cure PMS. All you can do is anticipate that every month, these symptoms may or may not occur, so you have to learn ways on how to cope with them once you start to feel PMS kicking in.

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