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Understanding PMS

What is PMS?

Pre-menstrual syndrome is the term given to a number of different symptoms that affect women in the lead up to their period.

There are two main groups of symptoms:


  • Water retention
  • Skin complaints
  • Aches and pains
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches


  • Frustration
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Irritability

Is there a test to see if I suffer from PMS?

There is no single conclusive test to diagnose PMS. You could plot your symptoms in a diary over 3 months as they occur. The regularity will help you in determining whether your symptoms are PMS.

Can I have the symptoms of PMS at other times of the month?

You can suffer from the symptoms of PMS at any time of the month, (for example you can suffer from a headache at any time) but it is only in the days prior to your period and shortly after your period starts that these symptoms can be ascribed to PMS.

If you do experience symptoms regularly outside this time, it may be wise to consult your doctor.

Does PMS get better or worse with age?

Unfortunately PMS generally tends to get worse with age so women do not tend to grow out of it. In fact many women do not suffer with PMS until they have had their first child.

What can I do about PMS?

You don’t just have to grit your teeth and bear it. Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of your GP or another qualified health professional.

Aquaban can provide you with a remedy for physical symptoms like swollen ankles or a bloated stomach. But if you would like to know more about things you can do to relieve stress you can visit

Where can I learn more about PMS?

You can find out more about PMS from the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome website


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