PMS or Something Else? The Ultimate Guide to PMS
You asked, we heard!
The causes of even the most common PMS symptoms experienced by women all over the world are still debated over, even by the experts!
So, we’ve taken the liberty of answering some of the most common questions about PMS symptoms- the most common ones being headaches, breast tenderness, stomach cramps and bloating.
But when is a headache just a headache?
We know what you’re thinking…
Some of these symptoms could be caused by anything- maybe they’re just coincidentally occurring before my period?
We agree. Sometimes it can be hard to know whether we are experiencing PMS symptoms or something else.
The best way to understand the difference is to keep a note of what you experience throughout the month- not just before or during your period.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, or any other unwanted bodily experiences, it is important to write them down.
If, after 1-2 months, you notice a pattern, this could be a sure-fire way of knowing where the cause may lie.
We will always recommend our readers show their doctors their symptom-diary. It’s never bad to get a second, professional opinion on your experience!
What causes PMS symptoms?
While experts have been unable to agree completely on the exact cause of PMS symptoms, what has been confirmed is a correlation between these symptoms and changes in the body’s neurotransmitters, pituitary hormones, prostaglandins and magnesium levels.
(And we totally know what all those words mean…)
What scientists can confirm is that women with certain lifestyle characteristics are more likely to experience PMS symptoms at a higher level.
Lifestyle habits such as smoking and a lack of sleep are particularly unhealthy for your menstrual cycle.
How can I reduce my PMS symptoms?
So far, we’ve covered some of the most common PMS symptoms, their causes and the difference between a PMS symptom and an unrelated symptom… but you’re probably wondering how you can actually manage PMS symptoms.
We’re happy to reveal that there are, in fact, many ways that you can manage and reduce your PMS symptoms.
In fact- we may have a blog post or two on the topic (and they’re definitely worth a read)!
For now, that concludes our Ultimate Guide to PMS symptoms. Do you have any period-related questions for us? Let us know by contacting us.
As always, we wish you a wonderful period and a fantastic day!