Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS (premenstrual syndrome) affects most women. Over 90% of women get PMS with varying signs and symptoms. Symptoms are experienced a week or two before their period. Sometimes PMS prevents women from doing their usual daily activities due to the severity of the symptoms they experience. Schedule an appointment with the best GYN in East New York at Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center. 

Usually, PMS is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that many women experience every month. Research shows that PMS happens because of raging hormones during ovulation. And PMS goes away after a few days after menstruation when hormone levels start to rise again. 

PMS symptoms differ for every woman. Some may get physical symptoms, some may get emotional symptoms, and some get both. It is also important to note that the symptoms you get may change every month and can change throughout your life. 

 Physical symptoms include: 

  • Constipation and diarrhea 
  • Cramps 
  • Headache 
  • Bloating or gassy feeling 
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Acne flare-ups 
  • Fatigue 
  • Joint and muscle pains 
  • Lower tolerance to noise and light 

Emotional symptoms include: 

  • Feeling tired 
  • Tension or anxiety 
  • Mood swings, irritability, or anger 
  • Food cravings 
  • Insomnia 
  • Poor concentration 
  • Change in libido 
  • Depressed mood and crying spells 

The exact cause of PMS is still unknown, but several factors may contribute to this condition: 

  • Hormonal change – PMS signs and symptoms may change due to the fluctuations in hormones 
  • Chemical changes in the brain – Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays a role in mood states. The amount of serotonin the brain produces can also contribute to PMS depression, sleep problems, and food cravings 
  • Depression – Mostly, women with undiagnosed depression have severe PMS. Although depression alone does not cause PMS symptoms 

There are things that could help in combating PMS: 

  • Regular exercise 
  • Eating a balanced and healthy diet 
  • Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every day 
  • Reducing stress by practicing yoga or meditation 
  • Taking painkillers to manage and ease the pain 

 Your doctor can also recommend the following treatments: 

  • Hormonal medication 
  • Antidepressants 
  • Dietary supplements 

Managing PMS could be incredibly challenging. If PMS is already affecting your lifestyle and daily activities, it is time to consult a doctor. At Doral Health and Wellness, our gynecology team is always available to help you with your medical needs. To book an appointment, please visit or call 718-DORAL-55. At Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center, we have the best GYN doctor in East New York, and we provide women with quality healthcare services. To schedule an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212, or call us on 1-347-384-5690 or 1-347-955-3465. You can also visit our website at or contact us at if you have any queries.