Info For Teens
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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 pill, patch, 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.