PMS affects up to 90 per cent of women for anything from a few days to a few weeks before the commencement of menstruation.
Dr Cindy Pan and Leah Hechtman
August 16, 2009 12:00am
The severity of symptoms varies widely, as does the nature of symptoms, with more than 150 symptoms recognised. Common symptoms include emotional changes such as irritability, anxiety, mood swings, aggression, depression, poor concentration and low libido.
Physical symptoms include bloating, fatigue, sleep disturbance, headaches, breast soreness, exacerbation of acne, clumsiness and craving sweets. For those for whom symptoms are mild, no treatment may be required. For those who suffer more intense symptoms, there are several options that may help.
Work with your doctor to tailor an approach that suits you. Simple measures such as a tailored exercise program, quitting smoking, cutting down on excessive caffeine, alcohol or salt intake and optimising your sleep routine can help.