Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
UNDERSTANDING THE SYMPTOMS OF PMS
Symptoms of PMS
Many women feel physical or mood changes during the days before menstruation. This is considered to be PMS if these symptoms happen month after month, and they affect a woman’s normal life. The emotional symptoms can consist of depression, angry outbursts, irritability and anxiety.
Physical symptoms can include food cravings, breast tenderness, bloating and weight gain, fatigue as well as headaches.
Dr. Mager can diagnose PMS by confirming a pattern of symptoms. Your symptoms need to be present for a certain number of days for at least 3 continuous cycles and interfere with some of your normal activities. Keeping a written record of your symptoms, when they occur can help with the diagnosis.