Premenstrual Syndrome - FAQs
How do I know if I have PMS?
As there are so many possible symptoms of PMS, it is a good idea to keep track of them. Remember to note if the symptoms are mild, moderate or severe. Use a period and symptom tracker for two to three months and bring it to your doctor’s attention. A record of your symptoms can help our healthcare providers figure out the best treatment choices for you.
Does PMS decrease with menopause?
PMS symptoms usually cease when women are post-menopausal, typically one or two years after the final menstrual period. This is because the hormonal fluctuations that trigger the symptoms eventually settle down completely.
Can PMS be treated?
If I am suffering from other medical conditions, can PMS make my symptoms worse?
Someone told me that regular caffeine might cause PMS. Is this true?
Is it possible to ignore PMS? Or will this adversely affect my health?
Myths and facts
- PMS is the same as your period.
Some people seem to confuse it with the state of actually experiencing a period, when in reality, it refers to the time before the actual period. PMS symptoms start 5 to 11 days before menstruation and typically go away once menstruation begins.
- PMS just means bad moods.
That is not true. Symptoms of PMS vary in type, intensity and duration from patient to patient. Apart from bad moods, one may also suffer physical (weight gain, bloated feeling, breast tenderness, fatigue, acne, etc.) and mental (irritability, aggression, crying spells) symptoms.