Pre-menstrual syndrome is a disorder that affects many women one to
two weeks prior to menstruation. The symptoms of PMS can include any
or all of the following: acne, anxiety, backache, bloating, breast
tenderness and or swelling, cramps, depression, fainting, fatigue,
food cravings, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, nervousness, and water
In addition to the
above symptoms, PMS can also cause changes in personality like drastic
mood swings, rage, violence and suicidal thoughts.
For quite some time,
PMS was thought of as a psychological problem, but it is now very clear
that PMS is a physical one. Hormonal imbalance - excessive levels of
estrogen and low levels of progesterone is one cause, as are unstable
blood sugar levels and diet.