Premenstrual Syndrome is also known as Premenstrual Tension (PMT), Premenstrual Disorder (PMD) or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) if it’s severe. Premenstrual syndrome is when a woman experiences distressing physical or emotional symptoms regularly in the 2 weeks before her period, but not occuring at other times in your menstrual cycle. It’s only diagnosed after other medical conditions are ruled out. It’s very common- about 40% of women get Premenstrual Syndrome. Common symptoms include a bloated tummy, feeling irritable or angry, tender painful breasts and pain in the joints and muscles.
There are various treatment options, including the combined oral contraceptive pill, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine, a type of antidepressant called an SSRI, painkillers, and less commonly diuretics (water tablets) may be used to help with swelling.