Article. Published on May 10, 2018.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
PMS refers to a combination of symptoms that women experience in the days leading up to their menstrual period. It is estimated that as many as 3 in 4 women have experienced some form of PMS. The common behavioural and emotional symptoms of PMS include mood swings, feeling upset, anxious or irritable, and having tiredness or trouble sleeping (source). Other symptoms include social withdrawal, poor concentration and crying spells. Several factors have been seen to contribute to this condition including cyclic changes in hormones as well as chemical changes in the brain. Women with severe PMS are also likely to have undiagnosed depression (source).