Common PMS symptoms

  • Cramps: Usually you’ll feel cramps in your lower abdomen, but some people can experience cramps in their lower back or thighs. It usually feels like an ache or a tightening, but some people describe it as poking or sharp. A lot of times, curling up with a hot water bottle or a heating pad or taking a bath can help. A medicine like Ibuprofen can make you feel better, too—just check in with your doctor or parent.
  • Bloating: Bloating often just feels like being full, and it comes from your body retaining water during PMS. It can help to avoid greasy or salty foods around this time, as they cause your body to hold on to water, too. (A bummer, we know!!)
  • Breast tenderness:  Your breasts might feel extra sensitive or even sore during PMS, thanks to changing hormone levels that cause some changes in your breast tissue. Sometimes, a bra or other supportive garment can keep things from moving (and therefore hurting), but listen to what your body needs.
  • Irritability: You might find yourself feeling all the feelings when you’re PMS’ing. If you notice that your emotions are more intense than they usually are, or you had an overwhelming reaction to something that happened, PMS could be to blame. Of course, check in with yourself and take note of how you’re feeling throughout the month.