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Is this PMS or something else?

By June 12, 2012 - 3:35pm
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Hi, this is my first post. I'm 17 and really concerned at this point. Usually I PMS the week before my period begins; I get really sleepy, pretty bad cramping, back aches, chocolate craving and I get emotional. So a week before my last period I TRIED to have sex for the first time and it didn't work. I got my period on time and it was very clotty and generally normal. I took a pregnancy test a couple days after it ended just to be sure and it was negative. However now I'm feelings things I've never felt before. I'm having period like cramps about 12 days before my expected period. My chest really hurts, i'm getting headaches and my back hurts. I guess my real question is if it's normal to pms 2 weeks before your period, or is this just from being stressed. (Ever since I tried to have sex on May 19th I've been pretty much freaking out over everything that has been happening to my body; and A LOT of crazy stuff has been happening.)

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Hello Nae_Tee,

Premenstrual symptoms occur during what is known as the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. This phase is between ovulation and the start of menstrual bleeding or soon after. Generally, ovulation occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle. Therefore, it is normal to experience PMS two weeks before the start of your period.

The increased stress that you have been experiencing can be responsible for how you are feeling. Try to find ways to relax and reduce your stress levels. Mediation and yoga work for some women. Listening to music, taking a walk or sipping a cup of tea can be soothing.


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