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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

PMS - Problems Men Started PMS is a chronic, cyclic mood disorder distinguished by a set of physical, psychological and emotional symptoms that affects approximately four out of 10 women of childbearing age in the second half of their menstrual cycle.


Women between ages 25 and 34 are more than twice as likely to experience PMS as those between ages 35 and 44 when PMS symptoms are rather linked to early stages of menopause. The good news is that PMS disappears once menopause is established, although many women describe going through menopause as having “constant PMS”! So if you suspect menopause to cause your PMS also visit the menopause resource on this site.


In recent years, there has been some controversy in the medical community about the definition of PMS. This is because premenstrual discomfort is fairly common among women of childbearing age, affecting about 3 out of 4 of all menstruating women, making it quite “normal”. However, fewer than 8 women out of 100 have premenstrual symptoms that are severe enough to disrupt their personal relationships or interfere with their normal daily activities. Some doctors feel that this latter criterion is essential to make the diagnosis of “true PMS”. Other physicians feel that whether or not a woman has “true PMS” or simply “menstrual discomfort” is based upon the woman’s subjective view of her own circumstances.

 

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Menopause

menopa1.jpg Menopause is the natural, permanent cessation of the menstrual cycle that occurs during middle age and signals the end of a woman's child-bearing years. The transition is often accompanied by various physical and emotional symptoms (the result of hormonal changes) but it's important to remember that menopause itself is not a disease or illness, and most of its uncomfortable symptoms are easily treatable.

 Menopause is like an inversion of puberty: a time of hormonal, physical and emotional changes which signifies the shutting down of the reproductive system. Menopause is defined as the end of menstruation, and is usually diagnosed when a women has gone a full year without having any periods.

Menopause occurs on average around the age of 51, but most women start to experience physical and emotional changes long before menopause actually occurs.

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