Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Understanding PMS

Voltage painful breasts, fatigue, depression, irritability ... symptoms of premenstrual syndrome appear a few days before menstruation. Described since 1931, this disorder remains somewhat mysterious. Various theories are advanced. Little review details

Despite the relative frequency of PMS, the diversity of symptoms and ignorance of its mechanism make it a very singular affection.

Twenty to 50% of the women concerned

For a very long time, the rules have a negative image and it is sometimes very easy for men to attribute some moodiness to hormonal changes. However, mood disorders are twice as common in women than in men. And it seems that certain periods of the life of a woman especially can encourage certain depressive states: menopause, post-partum and the second part of the menstrual cycle (luteal phase) 1.

The peculiarity of premenstrual syndrome premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is that it occurs in cycles, one to two weeks before menstruation. The woman then has a period of remission than a week. We can talk about PMS that if this occurs for several consecutive cycles.

If 75% of women experience symptoms different approach to the rules, only 20 to 50% with PMS.

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