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PMS - What is it?

#PMS, #puberty

PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome, which sounds pretty serious doesn't it?! However, it's just the term used to describe the hormone changes that happen to some woman a week or two before their period.

So how
do I
know if
I’ve got

#PMS, #puberty

If you've been menstruating for a while you may notice the following signs up to TWO weeks before your period:

  • Irritable (that's more than normal btw!)
  • Weepy and crying at something you wouldn't normally.
  • Breakout of spots.
  • Feeling bloated.
  • Pains in your tummy.
  • Back aches.
  • Muscles and joints pains.

If you’ve got all these symptoms, don’t worry you don’t need to call the doctor. It’s perfectly normal for some of us to experience and there isn’t anything wrong with you.


Are there
any tips to
help PMS?

#PMS, #puberty

    Get out and about

  • If you're feeling out of sorts, you might not feel like moving anywhere. But, exercise is a great way to improve your mood. Stretching and breathing helps you relax and can also help you get a better night’s sleep.

    Watch what you eat

  • It's true, what you put inside you has a huge impact on how you feel. So a good way to stop you feeling bloated is to eat smaller portions more frequently.
  • Did you know that if you reduce the amount of salt in your diet it might make you feel less bloated and sluggish as well?
  • Why not also increase the amount of calcium-rich foods you eat, plus eat more of the green stuff to help improve your mood and ease any PMS symptoms.


  • If you feel achy, ask an adult for pain killers to help take away muscle cramps. Just remember that any kind of medication you take should only be taken under adult supervision.


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If u haven’t already got some pads I think this would be a good idea. You can put a few in your school bag in case u start at school


I got my first period and mum was really nice. She understood and let me take a break from my chores. My other family members don't know though and really mean to me anyway so I choose to stay in my room practically everyday and then scream at them after. :)


I feel super motiviated whenever I am pmsing or on my period thank you my hormones

rosebud luna

I hate PMS makes me feel so horrible, miserable and tired and even get shouted at by family for being so moody which they don't knowing I'm having PMS which makes me even more moody lol


Phewww..... I thought PMS was a bad thing but girls don't worry you ain't dying I have these symptoms before my period also thx lil-lets for telling me everything.

Lil let's lover

Just read through all the symptoms and you should've seen my face. I have every single one of them. Should I ask my mum for pads!?


this really helps me. I love Vicky. she is bae. Vicky well done for doing this website. I really recommend it. u help so many girls


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