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    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Cause

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and the more severe form, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), are linked to normal changes in the endocrine system. The endocrine system makes hormones that control the menstrual cycle. The female endocrine system is very complex. Medical experts don't fully understand why normal hormone changes cause PMS in some women and not others.

    The one direct cause that is known to affect some women is genetic: Many women with PMS have a close family member with a history of PMS.

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    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is such a regular occurrence for many women that they consider it a normal part of getting their period. About 8% to 20% of women get moderate to severe symptoms a week or two before their monthly cycle begins. These symptoms include a range of physical and emotional changes. The biggest complaint is often mood-related, such as feeling extremely grouchy or unhappy, often to the point where family members know when your period is coming, says gynecologist Rebecca Kolp,...

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    Last Updated: July 25, 2014
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