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Majority of the women who have started menstruating would have experienced the infamous PMS(premenstrual syndrome), right?
Premenstrual syndrome can be described as a group of symptoms that are experienced by a woman, between the time of her ovulation and her period.
These symptoms can be both physical and emotional, which are triggered by a series of hormonal fluctuations happening in the woman's body, a few days before her period.
Some of the most common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome are tenderness of the breasts, abdominal bloating, fatigue, pain in the back and lower abdomen, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, etc.
Well, there is another related disorder known as PMDD(premenstrual dysphoric disorder), which can affect some women.
Although not every woman experiences PMDD, it is seen quite often, especially in working women.
PMDD can be very similar to PMS, which is why many women ignore this condition and do not seek help.
PMDD is a condition in which women experience certain severe symptoms like depression, during their PMS.
Here are certain signs of PMDD to look out for.
1. Extreme Bloating
Bloating is common during PMS, however, if you have PMDD, then the bloating becomes uncontrollable and can cause extreme pain!
2. Chronic Fatigue
If you suddenly experience chronic fatigue, just a few days before your period date, even though you haven't over-exerted yourself, then it could be a sign of PMDD.
3. Extreme Mood Swings
Mood swings are a sign of regular PMS, however, when women experience extreme mood swings like aggression, where in they try to harm others or themselves, then they should get checked for PMDD.
4. Panic Attacks
If you are experiencing severe panic attacks just a few days before your periods, without any apparent reason, then it could be a sign of PMDD.
If you experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, in which you notice constant constipation and loose motions, just before your periods, do get checked for PMDD.
6. Weight Gain
Although weight gain is common during PMS, due to hormonal changes, it is very minimum and hardly noticeable. However, when your weight gain is a lot, you must get checked for PMDD.
If you are experiencing chronic depression symptoms, before your periods, then it could be a sign of PMDD.