What is premenstrual syndrome ?  Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms that happens right before a woman gets her monthly period. Many women get PMS, especially mild PMS.

 What are the symptoms of PMS? PMS and PMDD cause body symptoms as well as changes in mood. The most common symptoms are bloating and feeling tired, angry, or worried.

Other symptoms can include:

If symptoms are severe, women can have trouble at work, school, or getting along with family and friends.

Is there a test for PMS ? No. There is no test. But your doctor should be able to tell if you have it by talking with you. He or she will want to know which symptoms you have and when you have them. To get this information, he or she might ask you to write down your symptoms each day for 2 monthly cycles.

To have PMS, you must have symptoms that:

Is there anything I can do on my own to feel better? 

— Yes. To help feel better, you can:

You might hear or read about herbs or vitamins that can help improve PMS. It's a good idea to ask your doctor before you try them.

Can doctors treat PMS with medicines ? Yes. Doctors can treat PMS and PMDD with different kinds of medicines. These include: