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Dr. Abby Irwin
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Mood Changes With Period (Overview)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when menstruation begins, or shortly thereafter.


Dr. Abby Irwin
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Mood Changes With Period (Overview)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when menstruation begins, or shortly thereafter.


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Why do some women have such negative mood changes during a monthly period?

Why do some women have  such negative mood changes during a monthly period?

Multivariable: For some, the drop in estrogen effects neurons in the brain, making them retract. For many it is the exacerbation of an already underlying mood problem. The main symptom in 93 % of women is fatigue. A birth control pill may help. If you have regular insomnia, headaches from teeth clinching, etc, medication for anxiety can be helpful. Cymbalta at 30 mg is a good place to start if insured. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of symptoms that come with my period. Moodiness, bloating, being really emotional etc?

How can I get rid of symptoms that come with my period. Moodiness, bloating, being really emotional etc?

See your doctor: You can see your physician for an evaluation of these symptoms & their pattern. You can start by keeping a log of these on a calendar, along with timing of your menstrual periods. There are "apps" available for this, as well as other online forms (just google for it). Premenstrual symptoms can range from mild (pms) to severe (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). These can be effectively treated. ...Read more

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Lower back ache, stomach cramps lower pelvis feels harder.Little queezy at points mood changes no period tired easy feel like I have to pee a lot more?

Lower back ache, stomach cramps lower pelvis feels harder.Little queezy at points mood changes no period tired easy feel like I have to pee a lot more?

Urine infection?: Possibly a urinary tract infection but would need to do a urine analysis. Kidney stone is also possible but pain with this is usually more severe if this is mid cycle it could be pain from ovulation the bottom line is that you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Why do some women have such negative mood changes during a monthly period?

Multivariable: For some, the drop in estrogen effects neurons in the brain, making them retract. For many it is the exacerbation of an already underlying mood problem. The main symptom in 93 % of women is fatigue. A birth control pill may help. If you have regular insomnia, headaches from teeth clinching, etc, medication for anxiety can be helpful. Cymbalta at 30 mg is a good place to start if insured. ...Read more

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Ever since I got the copper IUD coil I am having increasing bad pmt never experienced pmt before now my mood changes one week before period. ?

Ever since I got the copper IUD coil I am having increasing bad pmt never experienced pmt before now my mood changes one week before period. ?

Possible: If you had used something like the pill before which helps with premenstrual symptoms then now that you are using something that does not suppress the ovaires you may be feeling symptoms. You might consider an antidepressant. ...Read more

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Time of period, brown spotting not enough for a pad, tired, extreme mood changes, sensitivity, etc. Never had this before. What is going on?

Time of period, brown spotting not enough for a pad, tired, extreme mood changes, sensitivity, etc. Never had this before. What is going on?

Moody Anxiety: If your period has changed (and you are having sex) think pregnancy which can also make you feel moody and tired. Get a pregancy test if this is the case. ...Read more

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Mood changes, headaches, frequent urination,food cravings, but my last period was April 14th. Could it be? Still too early to tell

Mood changes, headaches, frequent urination,food cravings, but my last period was April 14th. Could it be? Still too early to tell

Way too early: Unless you want to conceive - use protection whenever you have sex. If you miss your next period, wait a week and do a test. Your signs can be from anything or nothing and may be unrelated to each other. Try to learn factual info about reproduction - it's good to know. Best! ...Read more

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What do I do? I am still constantly struggling with mood changes, periods of severe depression which lasts for days. Help?

Gotten help yet?: If the answer is no then start with a medical evaluation with a psychiatrist or your physician to assess for a formal mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Consider working with a psychologist for talking therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Mood Changes (Definition)

Perhaps you are asking about severe and sudden changes in mood that do not correspond to the current situation? If so, this might indicate a ...Read more


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