Overview of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

There are many signs/symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and 3 of 4 women who menstruate have some sort of PMS. Some symptoms include mood swings, tender breasts, fatigue, food cravings, irritability, and depression. They can be predictable but can cause different physical and emotional changes that can go from intense to just barely noticeable. The problems do not need to control you.

There are ways to get treated or change your lifestyle to cope with PMS or manage/reduce the symptoms.

However, always see your doctor if you cannot function on a daily basis due to problems you think are associated with PMS.

Symptoms: Some women get all of these while some only experience a few of them.

The list of symptoms is quite long.

Emotional/behavioral signs and symptoms

Alcohol intolerance


Constipation or diarrhea

Depressed mood

Acne flare-ups

Crying spells

Breast tenderness

Mood swings, irritability or anger

Abdominal bloating

Appetite changes, food cravings

Social withdrawal

Difficulty falling asleep (insomnia)

Lower concentration than normal

Weight gain due to fluid retention

Change in libido


Physical signs and symptoms


Joint or muscle pain