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The exact causes of PMS are unclear but there are known contributory factors to the symptoms such as hormonal changes, chemical imbalance, stress and diet.
Hormonal changes Prior to menstruation, oestrogen and progesterone hormone levels fluctuate causing many of the symptoms associated with PMS. During pregnancy and after the menopause, these hormones become stable and improve PMS supporting the theory that hormonal changes are the biggest contributory factor of pre-menstrual syndrome.
Chemical imbalance Chemical changes in the brain occur during the menstrual cycle. Chemicals such as serotonin fluctuate causing changes to mood. Women with low levels of serotonin become sensitive to symptoms of PMS such as fatigue, food cravings and difficulty with sleeping.
Stress While not a cause of PMS, stress can make symptoms worse.
Diet Fluid retention caused by excess salt in the diet is a contributory factor of bloatedness – a common PMS symptom. Energy and mood can be affected by alcohol and caffeine and a lack of essential vitamins and nutrients in the diet can make PMS symptoms feel worse.
Symptoms of PMS vary depending on the individual and with more than 150 symptoms, women will experience PMS if different ways. Common pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms include:
lack of concentration
loss of appetite/increased appetite
loss of libido
swelling to the hands or feet
PMS symptoms typically begin at the start of the menstrual cycle each month (around two weeks before menstruation). Severe PMS can cause disruption to daily activities and have accompanying mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and low-self esteem. Severe PMS is referred to as pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and can have an impact on developing or sustaining long-lasting relationships.