What Are PMS Symptoms?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that many people with menstruating bodies experience in the days or weeks leading up to their menstrual period. These symptoms can vary widely from person to person but commonly include:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Cramps
  • Food cravings
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Anxiety or depression

PMS symptoms typically start a week or two before menstruation and usually improve once the period begins. However, in some cases, these symptoms can be severe and may interfere with daily life. If you or someone you know experiences severe PMS symptoms, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and management options.