Premenstrual syndrome is a common phenomenon of menstruating women, affecting nearly half of all women. About 3% to 8% of women will develop the most severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD. No one knows the exact reason why some women get PMS and others do not, but it is believed to be related to an individual response to the high estrogen and progesterone levels in the second half of the menstrual cycle.
Common premenstrual symptoms include physical bloating, anxiety, depression, cramps and headache—all symptoms that can lead to difficulties in concentration, irritability, and difficulty in maintaining healthy relationships during those weeks. Stress seems to be one of the major triggers to getting PMS symptoms in susceptible women.
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