Health: how to prevent PMS

By Drum Digital
06 April 2011

Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is common, affecting more than 80 per cent of women of childbearing age each month. And believe it or not, scientists have listed about 200 known symptoms!

What exactly is PMS? It is defined as the symptoms that occur in the last half of a woman's menstrual cycle and range from bloating and sore breasts to irritability and fatigue.

Some symptoms are experienced in "groups", with 66 per cent of women who have PMS experiencing a combination of anxiety, irritability, nervous tension, self-destructive behaviour and mood swings. Another common combination of symptoms includes abdominal bloating, sore and/or swollen breasts, weight gain, fluid retention and swelling of fingers and toes.

Read the article in the Drum of 14 April 2011 – and share your views below.

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