#9 Blurred Vision
Blurred vision, watery eyes and dry eyes plague many women right before their periods. This is yet another symptom of PMS that doctors rarely talk about. It seems to be the result of either a surge in hormones, or a sudden decrease in hormones.
#8 Bowel Movements
If you have an increase in bowel movements right before your period, you’ve already figured out the two are related. Some chemicals which increase during menstruation cause the uterus to contract, which naturally increases your bowl movements.
Studies show that one of the most common triggers of a herpes outbreak is PMS. Some women feel pain and burning, or even swelling, prior to the herpes outbreak. If a woman realizes the symptoms are appearing right away, she can actually prevent them by getting treatment by antivirals.
#6 Swollen Feet
Have you ever noticed your feet becoming painful and swollen about a week before your period? This is actually one of the lovely symptoms of premenstrual bloating. Despite years of research, doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes the bloating. Although retention of water has some women reaching for diuretics, most physicians agree that can make the problem worse.
If you’ve ever misread an email, forgot to pick up your dry cleaning or felt like you were in a fog, you probably experienced pre-menstrual confusion. Doctors say going for a workout, staying active and trying to remain on a good sleep schedule can help minimize the fog.
#4 Your Eyebrows Hurt
This may seem right out of left field, but painful eyebrows are a symptom of PMS. If you’ve ever felt like you had a sensitive head or scalp, or found plucking your eyebrows extra painful, then it is likely a PMS symptom. Why? This is the result of fluctuating hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
It’s rare, but some women get monthly hives as a precursor to their period. This affects the whole body, often causing extreme itchiness all over. If this happens to you, avoiding heat, especially hot showers, can bring you some relief.
#2 Social Phobia
Some women have social phobia right before their period begins. This is different than the general anxiety, or anxiety disorders, that people struggle with at other times of the month. PMS can make women want to avoid all social interaction.
Many women complain about bruising during their periods, most often on their thighs, arms or inside their mouths. Physicians list bruising in the compendium of issues people have with PMS or PMDD. However, there is almost no literature regarding the cause of this phenomenon.