Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Mental Health

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name for the symptoms women can experience in the weeks before their period. Most women have PMS at some point. You can get help if it affects your daily life.

What is PMS (premenstrual syndrome)?

Each woman's symptoms are different and can vary from month to month.

The most common symptoms of PMS include:

  • mood swings
  • feeling upset, anxious or irritable
  • tiredness or trouble sleeping
  • bloating or tummy pain
  • breast tenderness
  • headaches
  • spotty skin or greasy hair
  • changes in appetite and sex drive

What can I do about PMS (premenstrual syndrome)?

  • regular exercise
  • eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • get plenty of sleep – 7 to 8 hours is recommended
  • try reducing your stress by doing yoga or meditation
  • take painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol to ease the pain
  • keep a diary of your symptoms for at least 2 to 3 menstrual cycles – you can take this to a GP appointment

For more information and advice please visit the advice and guidance pages below:

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) page on the NHS website.



Page last reviewed: 21/04/2022

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