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What are the reasons why premenstrual symptoms happen?

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Almost every woman gets premenstrual symptoms, symptoms you get before your monthly period starts. Doctors still aren’t totally sure why they happen. Changing hormones are the reason behind it all, but experts don’t know exactly how, for example, hormonal shifts would cause cramps or feelings of depression.

Brain chemicals are also involved, but it’s unclear how much.

From: 9 Signs Your Period is Coming WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet,” “Menstruation, Menopause, and Mental Health.”

American Academy of Dermatology. “Hormonal factors key to understanding acne in women.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Ask the Expert.”

Medscape. “Dysmenorrhea.”

Mayo Clinic. “Water retention: relieve this premenstrual symptom,” “Chronic daily headaches.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet,” “Menstruation, Menopause, and Mental Health.”

American Academy of Dermatology. “Hormonal factors key to understanding acne in women.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Ask the Expert.”

Medscape. “Dysmenorrhea.”

Mayo Clinic. “Water retention: relieve this premenstrual symptom,” “Chronic daily headaches.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

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