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Question:

What do I do?

I usually have diverse symptoms few day to my monthly cycle, like; weakness of the body, headache, irritation, swollen Tummy and abdominal pain during the process of the cycle.

Eucharia

Answer:

Dear Eucharia,

Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, is a condition that afflicts many women.

The exact cause of PMS is not completely understood, though experts do believe that hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone are probably involved. A change in the level of serotonin in the brain is also believed to be related to the occurrence of PMS.

PMS is closely tied with mood swings, bloating from water retention, tender breasts, headaches, temporary weight gain, and food cravings.

Your best bet in helping relieve PMS symptoms is to follow some general guidelines. Eat an overall healthy diet, lead an active lifestyle, and get plenty of sleep.

A great variety of symptoms have been attributed to PMS. Women can have PMS of varying duration and severity from cycle to cycle. The most frequent mood-related symptoms of PMS include:

* Anger and irritability

* Anxiety

* Tension

* Depression

* Crying

* Oversensitivity

* Exaggerated mood swings

The most frequent physical signs and symptoms of PMS include:

* Fatigue

* Bloating (due to fluid retention)

* Weight gain

* Breast tenderness

* Acne

* Sleep disturbances with sleeping too much or too little (insomnia), and

* Appetite changes with overeating or food cravings.



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