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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.


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

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

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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Dr. Richard Maffezzoli
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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?

Dr. Richard Maffezzoli
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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?

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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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Why do some women have such negative mood changes during a monthly period?

Dr. Chevies Newman
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
10M people helped

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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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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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. ?

Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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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. ?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Please advise if it's a woman's period or the PMS leading up to the period that cause mood changes?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Leading up to: Period it can fall under premenstrual syndrome or late luteal phase dysphoric disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Angela Walker
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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?

Dr. Angela Walker
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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?

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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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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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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