What Is PMS? Do You Have It?!

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It must be that time of the month! Oh, I bet you’re PMSing! About to get your period, huh?

It makes me really mad when people assume that anytime I have an opinion about something, or am upset in any way, I must have PMS, also known as premenstrual syndrome. But what is PMS, anyway? Let’s talk about the real facts here:

* During your menstrual cycle, your hormone levels go up and down, especially right before your period. These hormone changes can affect lots of things and make you experience symptoms of PMS.

* Not all women are affected as strongly by PMS. Some women and girls feel almost nothing, while others need to be on prescription medication to function normally!

* Symptoms of PMS can include acne, cramps, bloating, irritability, swollen breasts, anxiety, and even depression.

* Over the counter medication like Advil, Aleve, or Pamprin can help a lot of people who suffer from PMS.

To learn more about PMS, click here.

Do you get PMS really badly? Do you know anybody who does? What do they do about it? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Annie Collins

    Every time I am PMSy I lose my temper easily!

  • Lady

    I feel almost nothing. I haven’t MS bad. i feel nothing when i am with periods :) ;)

  • Lari

    I have been feeling really tired, moody & emotional. I have a 5 month old baby boy, and everytime i drop him off at my inlaws to go to work i cry my eyes out but not everyday! my co worker told me i was pmsing which i had no idea i had it!! and now am scared cause am late!

  • Sarah_12

    My PMS symptoms are so bad! Sometimes I can’t even get out of bed when they come. I also get really bad migraines.

  • Kate!

    One time when I was PMSing I cried when my sister’s fish died. I didn’t even know it’s name. Even my younger sister just shrugged her shoulder when she found out.

  • Rebecca

    One time when i was a PMSingi was so over emoitional, and my period was late and I got paranoid that i was pregnant ……..and im a virgin

    • nicole

      That happens to me all the time… Lol

  • Vicker

    My PMS is so bad that I couldn’t get out of bed. And sometimes it would hurt so much I would faint. Sometimes the meds don’t even help >< Wish it would go away.

  • gurl555

    I get the worst PMSSS!!!i tried to commit suicide while i was PMSing!!

  • swimmingchick05

    I use to cramp a ton when I first got my period. I used to stay home a lot when they acted up!!! But now since I have gotten really active I don’t feel them as much. If I do get a cramp it’s usually quick and is right before my period.

  • Jordan

    I have really bad PMS too and it starts like two and a half weeks before my awful crampy, heavy period even starts!!! Ah it sucks! :( but my period is so irregular that the PMS is the only way I know its coming

  • Flip

    My friend got her period at the beginging of this past summer. She STILL hasn’t gotten cramps yet.
    Makes me want to curse her with them.

  • Ali!

    I have PMS really bad.. I start cramping and hurting to the point I dont even want to get out of bed:/ I have to take hardcore medicine so that I can function.