Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has become a widely recognized phenomenon by the medical, psychological, and scientific communities. Though more than 150 symptoms have been associated with it, those most often described are mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, migraine headaches, irritability, and fatigue. Other symptoms commonly identified are tension, depression, anxiety, food cravings, abdominal discomfort, acne, edema, swelling of the extremities, and dizziness. Depending upon the symptoms and their severity, premenstrual changes may be simply an annoyance, or, if sufficiently severe or prolonged, they can be incapacitating.
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