What is PMS?
PMS, or pre-menstrual syndrome (also known as PMT or pre-menstrual tension) affects many women of child bearing age. It is the collective term used to describe the symptoms (there are a staggering 150 of them) we experience in the time leading up to our period.
Experts estimate that around 85% of menstruating women experience some level of PMS, and no one is really sure what causes it, although it is thought to be related to the fluctuating levels of hormones in our bodies.
Why do we get PMS?
Experts don’t know at the moment what causes the symptoms of PMS, or why they are worse in some people than others. However it does seem to run in families, so the chances are if your mother and other female relative suffer then you will probably be affected in some way.
How long does it last?
Symptoms can begin about two weeks before the start of our period but are usually more pronounced in the days leading up to it and should go away by the first day. However we are all different so timings may vary.
What happens during our cycle?
The beginning of your menstrual cycle is the first day of your period. During the first 14 days the body produces high levels of oestrogen which causes the lining of the uterus to thicken and the ovaries to prepare to release an egg. In the second 14 days the egg is released and the body releases progesterone to prepare for possible pregnancy. If the egg remains unfertilized the egg and uterus lining are shed through the period and the cycle begins again. PMS symptoms are thought to be related to the changing hormone levels.
Why are my symptoms so extreme?
If your symptoms seem very extreme or persistent they may not be PMS and you should consult your doctor.
Are there any drugs I can’t take at the same time as Kira PMS relief?
Dopamine receptor antagonists are not safe to take along side PMS relief. You should consult a health professional before using Kira PMS relief in combination with prescription and over-the-counter medications or food supplements.
Where can I buy Kira PMS relief?
Kira PMS relief costs £7.99 for 30 tablets and is available from Boots and good independent health food stores and pharmacies.