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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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Hi I'm 11 and I don't know why but I kinda want my period.... Is it just me or anyone else?? Also in my school I'm getting the talk tomorrow!


Just want to say, if you are experiencing symptoms of PMS, but haven't started your period. Then you are not PMSing you are just going through some puberty symptoms. Once you have your period, you can PMS up to two weeks before your next period. :)


reply to sweet girl. this is quite normal not everyone starts at the age of twelve my mum started when she was fourteen and you can get it between 8 and 16 so I wouldn't worry.

reply to SWEET GIRL 14

that is totally normal I had a friend that didn't start until she was 16 :)

Sweet girl 14

I'm 14 and I still don't have my period is this normal?


You are right you are experiencing a stage of pubert not pms as rhe same symptoms can be experienced in early puberty pms is dpecifucly a week or so before your period pms is nothing to be scared about 1 in 3 women get pms it is totaly natural so dont worry for most pms is just bieng very grumpy and cramps hope that helped

Hormone not pms

Be careful if you have just started puberty you have thus certan hormones that cause very similar symptoms so if you think that your pms -ing and your 8 -11 its is not very likely that you are . Unless you have had a few periods it will not be pms as it is caused by menstruation-your body preparing for your period thus will only be a week or so before ; )


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