What is PMS?

Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS, as it is commonly known, is a disorder in which certain symptoms occur in the days just before a period. These symptoms may be physical, like backache, headache, pain or swelling of the breasts, a sensation of bloating or weight gain before the menstrual period. The patients may have emotional symptoms, like anxiety, irritability, exhaustion, lethargy, mood swings, depressions, loss of appetite or craving for certain foods, or else the patient may have changes in behaviour e.g. violence, clumsiness or loss of concentration.