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PMS (premenstrual syndrome)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the combination of physical and emotional symptoms that some women have in the one to two weeks leading up to their period. The symptoms usually go away once your period starts.

Most women find that lifestyle changes, like becoming more active, and cutting down on alcohol, caffeine, and stress help to control the symptoms. However, some women have quite severe PMS that can have a very negative impact on their life and relationships. If you are struggling to deal with PMS, see your GP to talk about the options available to you

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed November 2016.


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