Is PMS Affecting Your Productivity At Work?

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Premenstrual tension syndrome, or PMS, is something most women have suffered with at least once in their lives (if they’re lucky). Periods in general are often downplayed and waved off as ‘that time of the month’. PMS is joked about and rarely is it treated as a health issue that can impact your everyday life, albeit for a few days a month. But new research is giving us cause pause for thought when it comes to our approach. A recent study has revealed that painful periods can result in nine days of low productivity a year. Read More…

What’s Causing My Daughter’s Meltdowns?

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Q: My teenage daughter has mood swings with tearfulness and irritability, as well as bloating and breast tenderness before her period. Could it be premenstrual syndrome? Our GP is dismissive.

A: Those symptoms are common to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In fact, more than 150 psychological, behavioural and physical symptoms have been identified, according to the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS ). The most usual are listed in the box below.

No one will experience every symptom, which may vary from cycle to cycle. Although the exact cause has still to be identified, experts agree the key factor is the rollercoaster of hormones during the monthly cycle. Read More…