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Women from different cultures different nationalities and different lifestyles will experience pre-menstrual syndrome all throughout their reproductive lives Pre-menstrual syndrome most commonly known as PMS is a physiological defect affecting over 80 of the menstruating female population The pre-menstrual syndrome is not the pain such as cramps that women experience during menstruation Pre-menstrual syndrome is a complex condition involving physical and psychological symptoms that appear before menstruation begins The symptoms associated with pre-menstrual syndrome are experienced 2 to 14 days before the period menstruation begins It is said that between 70 and 90 of women are affected by the pre-menstrual syndrome during their reproductive years Though the exact causes of PMS seem to be unknown in the medical field many theories have been introduced as to the exact cause of pre-menstrual syndrome Dr Katarina Dalton an expert in the field suggests that a deficiency of progesterone in relation to the amount of estrogen present before menstruation triggers the syndrome Another theory suggests that PMS symptoms are caused by the bodys inability to properly metabolize fatty acids resulting in the alteration of the normal cellular function Finally other researchers have proposed theories that suggest nutritional deficiency excess levels of prostaglandins abnormal fluid balances progesterone deficiency and central nervous system endorphin abnormalities as the main reason for PMS Through many researches and observations it was discovered that there are over 150 symptoms related to PMS On the average women normally report between 30 to 40 multi-symptoms complaints during any single cycle However though many women experience several of these symptoms before one period the intensity and variation of these symptoms seem to vary from cycle to cycle PMS can affect the central nervous system cardiovascular system body metabolism muscles genitals emotions and moods These symptoms are divided into two categories- physical and psychological Physical symptoms include sleep disturbances breast swelling bloating weight gain acne cravings for sweet and salty foods
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