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What are the signs that you are getting your period and PMS

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
What are the signs that you are getting your period and PMS
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A large majority of women suffer changes both physically and emotionally just a few days before their periods. In many cases, these changes are really bad and can start to interfere in daily activities, which is called Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS). This syndrome can affect menstruating women of all ages and it's complications vary from case to case. In the following OneHowTo article, we explain in detail the signs of getting you period and PMS.

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Period pains usually occur in the second stage of the menstrual cycle between days 14 and 28, disappearing when menstruation begins. There are women who suffer from PMS for only one or two days, but in other cases this may last longer. It usually disappears within four days after the beginning of your period.


Most commonly, PMS starts to bite at least five days before the onset of menstruation and is experienced in the following menstrual cycle, although symptoms may vary. This syndrome causes a number of symptoms that affect women both physically and emotionally. Let's look at what they are. The most common symptoms can be experienced on both of these levels.


Period problems which can manifest physically are:

  • Generally feeling ill.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle and joint pains.
  • Dizziness.
  • Swelling and an increased tenderness in the breasts.
  • Swelling in the hands and feet.
  • Tiredness.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, constipation, pelvic pressure and heaviness.
  • Periodic weight gain and fluid retention.
  • Skin problems such as acne or worsening of other skin conditions.

If you are interested, you can read the article How to relieve menstrual pain with natural remedies and find effective treatments.


PMS symptoms which may also appear on a psychological level are as follows:

  • Irritability and nervousness.
  • Depression.
  • Crying spells.
  • Emotional sensitivity.
  • Mood changes and fluctuations in the mood.
  • Insomnia or sleeping disorders.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Fatigue.
  • Changes in appetite.
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It is important to note that there is no specific medical tests to diagnose PMS. Still, with the presence of these problems it is a good idea to have a complete medical examination and your doctor will make a physical and pelvic examination to rule out more serious health problems and advise you on the best treatment for your situation.

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