What is Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)?
Some women and girls feel uncomfortable a few days before their monthly bleeding begins. They may have one or more of a group of signs that are known as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Women who have PMS may notice:
- sore breasts
- a full feeling in the lower belly
- constipation (when you cannot pass stool)
- feeling extra tired
- sore muscles, especially in the lower back or belly
- a change in the wetness of the vagina
- oiliness or spots (pimples) on the face
- feelings that are especially strong or harder to control
Many women have at least one of these signs each month and some women may have all of them. A woman may have different signs from one month to the next. For many women, the days before their monthly bleeding starts are a time of unrest. But some women say they feel more creative and better able to get things done.