premenstrual syndrome

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Taming the PMS beast

Most women are familiar with the emotional and physical symptoms a week before their period which define PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). PMS is the source of many jokes, has been used as a defence in murder cases and has been discounted as hysterical nonsense. Over 150 symptoms are attributed to PMS and include common ones such as bloating, migraines, cramping and fatigue to weird ones like smelly farts and sore throats. Emotional symptoms can range from anxiety to homicidal rage. With such a broad symptom list and variable presentation even in the same woman from month to month, PMS has been hard to classify and…