what is pms

A lot of girls and women feel some physical or emotional discomfort known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) about a week before or during the first couple days of their periods. During PMS, you might experience changes in your appetite, backaches, acne, bloating, headaches, depression, irritability, sweating, tender breasts, and/or tiredness.

Most women find that exercising and getting enough sleep can minimize the symptoms of PMS. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help with headaches, backaches, and cramps.

You may have heard that the birth control pillpatch, and ring can help with painful menstruation and PMS — this is true for a lot of people. If you suffer from PMS or other period-related symptoms, talk to your health care provider (or Planned Parenthood staff member) about whether birth control could help you.