For some of us, monthly periods are a breeze. But for others, premenstrual syndrome (which most of us know as PMS) is a total drag. It’s often a sign your period is coming, and it can show up in many different ways. PMS symptoms range from physical symptoms, such as bloating and cramps, to emotional symptoms, like PMS mood swings, which many people find take the biggest toll on their well-being.
Ever noticed yourself sobbing at a TV commercial one minute and fighting the urge to launch your phone across the room the next? Yup, you’re probably one of the three in four women who experiences PMS-related symptoms.
For most people, these are mild, but that’s not to say they don’t cause disruption. Mood swings during PMS can cause “fatigue and depression” before a period for some, explains obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Barbara Levy, while it can lead others to “become less patient and more intolerant to small irritations.” It’s also typical to feel sadness, anger, hopelessness, loneliness, overwhelm, guilt, or restlessness as part of PMS — not fun for you or the people around you.