Do you suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or period pain? Almost all women do – in fact, research suggests that as many as 85% of menstruating women experience at least one premenstrual symptom each month. The variety and severity of these can vary widely from one woman to the next.
What are the symptoms of PMS and period pain?
- Some women experience purely physical menstrual symptoms like stomach cramps (also known as dysmenorrhoea), back pain or headaches.
- Others are affected emotionally (for example becoming more inclined to feel weepy, irritable or angry) or experience cognitive issues (such as difficulty concentrating or remembering things).
- Finally, some women experience behavioural changes. Examples include finding themselves lacking motivation to complete their daily work or household tasks, or finding it more difficult than usual to resist taking an afternoon nap or over-indulging in sweet, starchy or salty foods.