In the days prior to menstruation, many women feel physical or emotional changes affecting the quality of life. Symptoms vary widely but often include depression, irritability, aches, pains, bloating and weight gain. Known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), these symptoms are usually present four to five days prior to and following one’s period and interfere with normal activities. Keeping a record of symptoms for at least three months can help your ob-gyn with diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Each day for at least two to three months, write down and rate any symptoms you feel along with the dates of your periods.

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