What is PMS?

PMS stands for premenstrual syndrome. It refers to the 1 or 2 weeks before your period where you may experience any physical and/or emotional symptoms.

Some women experience their period with little or no symptoms of PMS, while others may have to cancel plans or take off work to stay home to cope with the intense pain or bleeding. Symptoms can include bloating, cramps, fatigue, headaches, irritability and moodiness both before your period or during.

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Your period is a natural part of a life, and doesn’t have to stop you from normal day to day activities. Exercise and diet are important for our well-being but they can also have an impact on both your PMS symptoms and your period. If you experience severe PMS symptoms read our article about how yoga can ease symptoms. or discover how foods can help alleviate pain of PMS.

Periods are different for every women so it is important to note that there is no such thing as a perfect period. There are a few things that can impact your period and PMS symptoms such as lifestyle changes and diet.

Stress or emotional devastation can have a direct impact on your period and your hormones which could lead to delayed period or additional PMS symptoms. Any change to your life, even an increase in exercise or change in diet can alter period. Nothing to be alarmed of, just be sure you’re not missing a period – which may be a sign of pregnancy.

PMS can also have an effect on our diet, sleep and exercise but luckily there are tons a ways to deal with your unique PMS symptoms and period. Due to heavy bleeding or cramps you can find a lack or increase in appetite, or specific cravings. Understand your body and period relationship so you can help manage your PMS in the best way possible.

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“PMS Relief.” Womenshealth.gov, 16 Mar. 2018, https://www.womenshealth.gov/menstrual-cycle/premenstrual-syndrome.

Stoopler, Melissa Conrad. “What Is PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)? Symptoms, Signs & Treatment.” MedicineNet, MedicineNet, 14 Nov. 2016, https://www.medicinenet.com/premenstrual_syndrome/article.htm.

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