When aunt flow comes to visit, most of us are graced with the signs beforehand. More often than not, the signs aren’t subtle and we never look forward to them. These unwelcome signals alert us to that time of month, which come in depression, anxiety and trouble concentrating, or best of all, they tend to be displayed in an unflattering presentation of bloated tummies or tired bags under our eyes – proving the fatigued days we have had to face.
However, not all of us have to face these symptoms and some of us only deal with a few. So the question is, what are the PMS symptoms based on your age and do they ever really end prior to menopause?
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is essentially the symptoms that occur in the female body before menstruation begins. Unfortunately the symptoms aren’t pretty; PMS causes irritability, tiredness, and headaches, lack of confidence, skin breakouts and oh so many more symptoms. Some discomfort can be remedied with pain relievers, but many symptoms are not so easily treated, and unfortunately women can expect to see them again in the months to follow.
PMS Symptoms in Your Teens
Experiencing your first menstrual cycle may possibly be the most alarming phase of adulthood. The symptoms in teens tend to be more severe as their adolescent bodies aren’t used to the hormone adjustment. Mood swings and irritability levels are higher than those of women who are past puberty. Some symptoms can be treated with sleep and rest, but with school, exams and other day to day stress, experiencing relief without the aid of medication is a rarity.
PMS Symptoms in Adulthood
During the ages of 20 to 30, women tend to experience a rollercoaster of premenstrual pains, moods and other factors affecting their day-to-day life. This is commonly influenced by lifestyle related to sleeping, eating, stress and birth control use. Women who lead more active lifestyles and women who eat healthier tend to experience less unwanted effects from their menstrual cycle as opposed to those who drink, smoke or live stressful lives.
PMS Symptoms in Perimenopause
Perimenopause is the time in a women’s life about 5 to 10 years before menopause begins. Many women who are in their 40s have claimed that whatever symptoms they experienced in their younger years are heightened in their 40s. One difference is that during a woman’s forties, her period may become more irregular and symptoms are probably a welcome warning sign as to what is about to approach in the week ahead.
Although a woman’s body changes through the course of her life, one thing remains constant – her cycle, which eventually evolves into menopause. In this transition, no two women are the same; some see menopause as a beautiful stage of life and others do not welcome it!