A small number of people who menstruate may experience more severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
What is Premenstrual Syndrome?
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name for the symptoms people who menstruate can experience in the weeks before their period. Most people who menstruate have PMS at some point. You can get help if it affects your daily life.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS that can cause a variety of both emotional and physical symptoms each month during the time before a period.
Symptoms of PMDD are often more intense than symptoms of PMS, and can have a greater impact on the individual and their quality of life.
Symptoms of PMDD
- Cramps, headaches, joint/muscle pain
- tenderness or swelling of breast
- binge eating or changes to appetite
- difficulty sleeping
- anxiety, anger, depression
- suicidal feelings
- If you feel as though you need advice, please contact your GP.
- For urgent support, you can call various crisis helplines, contact your GP for an emergency appointment
- If you feel as though you might harm yourself, please call your local emergency service or visit A&E