Research suggests that 80-90% of women of reproductive age experience symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
Many women describe feeling like they’re on an emotional roller coaster about 7-10 days before their period starts. They cry easily, are very irritable and can be overly sensitive with loved ones. Changing levels of hormones are the culprit of causing this dreaded week of symptoms.
For approximately 5% of women, they experience more serious dips and turns on their ride. Symptoms can include intense hopelessness, anger, feeling “on edge”, and changes in sleep and appetite. They often feel out of control and this leads to them having problems at home, school or work. This is an actual diagnosis called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and yes, it can be treated! Instead of women suffering with this like clockwork each month, there are great options for PMDD treatment including antidepressants (taken 2 weeks before period), acupuncture, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.