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Added May 26, 2014

PMS Symptoms

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PMS symptoms are very unpredictable. Different women have different combinations of PMS symptoms. But your PMS symptoms will probably remain the same for you from month to month sometimes they'll be more intense, sometimes less. For example, your friend may have backaches and you might feel some bloating. Chances are your friend will probably always have backaches before her period, and you will continue to have bloating before yours, although sometimes PMS symptoms will be worse than other times. PMS symptoms usually start seven to ten days before your period, and may get a little worse right before menstruation begins. When your period starts, the symptoms usually go away.


PMS symptoms include the following:


Emotional Symptoms 

  • Anxiety—you worry so much about sleeping late and missing an exam that you lose sleep the night before
  • Irritability—you snap at your friends for stupid things that usually wouldn’t bother you
  • Fatigue—you’re tired—even in the middle of the day
  • Depression—you feel sad a lot of the time
  • Mood swings—you feel really happy, then really sad, and sometimes really angry, frequently within the same day or even the same hour
  • Forgetfulness—you can’t remember simple things—like phone numbers
  • Anger—you get mad a lot, and you can’t control it
  • Difficulty concentrating—you can’t focus on homework or pay attention in conversations
  • Tension—you’re nervous or you feel stressed
  • Restlessness—you can’t keep still and feel "antsy"
  • Over-sensitivity—your friends decide to go ice-skating and you "just know" that they really don’t want to you go, so you stay home by yourself
  • Changes in sexual interest—you think about kissing and fooling around a lot more or a lot less than usual
  • Low self-image and social withdrawal—you stay home instead of going out with friends because you have a new zit, or you just decided you don’t like any of your friends anymore
  • Crying spells—you cry a lot without a reason, or for a tiny reason like hot chocolate that isn’t quite hot enough
  • Decreased interest in usual activities—none of the things you like to do sound like fun anymore


Physical Symptoms

  • Abdominal bloating—your pants size increases from 8 to 10 right before your period
  • Breast swelling and tenderness—they feel puffy and maybe a little sore
  • Swollen ankles or fingers from fluid retention—your shoes, gloves or rings feel tight and your ankles and hands look unusually puffy
  • Increased appetite—you want to eat a lot more than usual
  • Headache—you have unusually long-lasting headaches
  • Weight gain—you gain a few pounds right before your period
  • Acne—you have more pimples than usual
  • Food cravings—you crave certain foods right before your period—chocolate, meat or salty foods are common
  • Constipation—you have difficulty having a bowel movement
  • Palpitations—you feel your heart flutter or race
  • Upset stomach—you feel like you might throw up
  • Joint aches—your knees, elbows, ankles and wrists ache even though you haven’t had an injury
  • Muscle spasms—you have a muscle that twitches by itself
  • Increased thirst—your mouth feels really dry a lot of the time
  • Clumsiness—you bump into things a lot
  • Changes in sleep habits—you sleep a lot, or you can’t go to sleep at night, or you wake up a lot during the night

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Posted May 02, 2014
I have about one third of the symtoms-and all the other pre-period stuff, period'll be comin round the mountain when i cramp
Posted January 27, 2014
I started my period the day of the girls and boys video thing! I was def. PMSing! Wen my period finally started, it all went away! Including the acne
Posted December 01, 2013
Im definitely PMSing and I feel guilty about the students at school.And I'm definitely trying that marking idea
Posted December 01, 2013
I definitely is PMSing and I feel sorry for the students at school
Posted September 10, 2013
I think ill get my period soon! I've been having discharge for probably three months now. And a lot of these symptoms look familiar. I REALLY want my period you guys know how it is, just for no reason at all you want your period REALLY bad... I'm not the only one right?
Posted September 22, 2013
The day i had my first one, i was about to go to the bathroom, and my leg started twitching and wouldn't stop. I went into the bathroom and my period had started!
Posted July 18, 2013
most of things on here are happening to me and I felt a little dizzy yesterday after I took a hot bath to calm the cramps. I've had cramps for three days straight now and they don't hurt they are just discomforting. and when I was dizzy I didn't feel like I was going to throw up.
Posted July 15, 2013
Most of these have been happening to me lately like today i ate more than usual( and everyone in my family). Is this a sign that i might have my first period soon?
Posted July 30, 2013
Is it possible to get PMS symptoms before your first period? I've experienced some of these symptoms and it makes me wonder if I'm about to get my period.
Posted July 03, 2013
I can always tell when my best friend has her period, she acts SO moody and it gets annoying at times. But I get used to it because I know most likely when I get my period, I'll be the same way. Then she'll have to put up with me. :p
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