What is PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)?

Some women experience certain symptoms weeks before their period is about to kick-off, and these symptoms are known as PMS (premenstrual syndrome).

The most common PMS symptoms include:
• headaches
• mood swings
• breast tenderness
• bloating or tummy pain
• spotty skin or greasy hair
• tiredness or trouble sleeping
• feeling upset, anxious or irritable
• changes in appetite and sex drive

HOW TO IMPROVE PMS SYMPTOMS
• exercise regularly
• eat a healthy, balanced diet
• try reducing stress by meditating or doing yoga
• get plenty of sleep, about 7 to 8 hours is recommended
• take painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol to help ease the pain
• keep a diary of your symptoms for at least 2 to 3 menstrual cycles to show your GP if you feel you need to see one

HOW TO WORSEN PMS SYMPTOMS
• by smoke and drinking alcohol - so best to avoid it during this time

SEE YOUR GP WHEN
• when nothing works
• your symptoms are affecting your daily life