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Premenstrual Syndrome,(PMS), is a physical condition characterized by a variety of symptoms that typically recur during a certain phase of the menstrual cycle. PMS usually occurs a week to ten days before the period begins. So for about half the month most women are in lots of pain. Most commonly stomach cramps, but there are various other symptoms that are more and less serious.

All women experince at least one PMS symptom in their lifetime. Between five and ten percent of women seek medical attention because of the severity of the PMS. The specific symptoms vary from women to women however it is most unpleasent for all. It is proven that PMS is less common in adolesents, although some may experince it, it's uncommon until about the early to mid 20s. Although in my personal experince, menstrual pain was beginning as young as 13. I suppose it is a personal thing going along with the chemistry of each woman's chemical make-up.

Premenstrual syndrome most affects women who have had major hormonal changes. Such things would include childbirth, miscarriage, abortion, or tubal ligation. Women who also stop taking birth control, whether in a pill or shot form, may also experince PMS until their hormone balance returns to normal.

Although PMS has been reported in medical literature since the 1930's, the issue of it being a medical problem is hotly debated in the medical field. Women are concerned it will label them as having a disability, which will then lead to other problems: such problems as being perceived as not being equal to a male, and then not being able to get prime jobs due to the medical condition every month.

Symptoms of premenstrual symdrome usually occur about 7 to 10 days before your period begins. The symptoms could also last clear through the menstrual cycle though as well. It is unknown for sure what every symptom of PMS is, the following are a few on the top 10 of the list: bloating and fluid retension, breast swelling and pain, acne, cold sores, and susceptibilty to herpes outbreaks. Headaches and backaches and joint and muslce aches. Moodines, anxiety, or depression. Food cravings, espically for salty or sweet foods. A very small number of women suffer the most intense symptoms, which include fits of crying, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and aggresive or violent behavior.

Although the most severe symptoms are uncommon, it is important to watch and recognize those sypmtoms and seek help accordingly.

Most of these symptoms pass in time. For some anti-depressants work. Others just pop some Ibu Propin, grab a heating pad and take a day off. Whatever you do however, if severity increases, a doctor visit may be in order. Regular check-ups to your gynecologist is very important in keeping your mentrual pain under control!