Feeling out of sorts when you’re premenstrual is pretty common. But we have the lowdown on PMS – whether you’re looking for how long it lasts or how you can help ease the symptoms.
Knowing what it is and how to deal with it will make a big difference to how hormonal changes impact your life.
So what is PMS exactly? Well, premenstrual syndrome – also known as premenstrual tension (PMT) – is caused by the hormonal changes that take place during your menstrual cycle. PMS covers a whole range of symptoms and feelings that you may get. And they can be mild or, in some cases, pretty major. These include sore breasts, bloating and fatigue. Some women also get headaches, an upset stomach and trouble sleeping. Your emotions can be affected too, so you may feel more moody, sad, irritable or even tearful.