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BEFORE MY FIRST PERIOD

What is Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS is a group of physical and emotional symptoms that you might experience a few days prior to your period. These symptoms are due to hormonal changes in your body and disappear as soon as your period is over.

Common symptoms include:
  • Sore breasts
  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Tiredness
  • Stomach bloating
  • Nausea
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Food cravings
  • Loss of concentration
  • Mood swings: you may feel sad, angry, emotional
Don’t worry! PMS is not as scary as it seems. You might only experience one, few or none of the symptoms.

The intensity of the symptoms will differs for each one of you.
Some girls may feel their lives are disrupted by PMS, while others don’t.

Will my period hurt?

Most girls get cramps or back aches before or during their period.

This is due to the contraction of the uterus. The pain is usually bearable, though uncomfortable.

Consult your doctor for medication or strategies to reduce pain if your cramps are intense.

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