When does PMS occur?
About one week before your period begins you may experience some premenstrual symptoms which include both emotional and physical symptoms that can go anywhere from acne and physical pains to feeling very tired. By knowing when your period is due, you will know approximately when to expect PMS.
Who suffers from PMS?
Every woman and every menstrual cycle is different and PMS symptoms can vary hugely from one person to the next. A study from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has shown that around 85% of women suffer under at least one PMS symptom. While some women only experience slight discomfort, others are hugely affected. We feel you ladies, so we want to discuss PMS and some common symptoms.
What are common PMS symptoms?
It is said that the changes in hormone levels and chemicals within the brain have an affect on periods. However, specific reasoning is unknown. These are the most common symptoms and what you should look out for:
- Mood swings and irritability or anger
- Crying spells
- Appetite changes and food cravings
- Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
- Social withdrawal
- Poor concentration
- Tension or anxiety
- Depressed mood
- Joint or muscle pain
- Weight gain related to fluid retention
- Abdominal bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Acne flare-ups
- Constipation or diarrhea
How can Natural Cycles help with your PMS?
Because these symptoms can be pretty tough to deal with, Natural Cycles will give you a heads-up when you may experience PMS symptoms next. As the app gets to know your body you will receive a personal message once it recognises that your period is due. That way you can always plan ahead and sudden symptoms or the arrival of ‘aunt flow’ or PMS won’t come unexpectedly anymore.