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New PMS symptoms?

By Anonymous September 2, 2017 - 4:20pm
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I'd like to start off by saying I've have my period for about 14 years. It's been very regular and I've had the same PMS symptoms for as long as I can remember which only include mild cramps, mild back pain, headaches, & fatigue... until now. I'm due to get my period in 2 days and for the last 5 days I've been experiencing super tender breasts as if I was pregnant again. I've never had tender breasts as a PMS symptoms...ever.. and there is no possibility of pregnancy (did not have intercourse at all this cycle) so I'm wondering what's going on with my body. I understand it's hormone related, but why would it be changing, now? I'm only 26. Is it normal for PMS symptoms to change for no apparent reason? Or is this a sign that my hormones are not in check?

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Dear Anon,

Thank you for your message.

Between 60 and 80 percent of women experience PMS, and it’s perfectly common for their particular set of symptoms to vary from month to month with age. Some months you might have breast tenderness, other months not. I wouldn't be concerned about this change (if pregnancy is not an issue). But if you are, speak to your doctor.


September 2, 2017 - 5:07pm
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