What is Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS?

To understand PMS, you have to know that 90% of women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome.[1]

PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome is a group of changes that can affect you on all kinds of different levels. These changes can be emotional, physical, and/or behavioral and they come between one or two weeks before your period. And generally, for most women, when their period starts, these mood changes go away.

PMS is completely normal, as you saw above; it affects 90% of women. But the odd thing is that it effects each woman differently.

Some women may have severe emotional stresses or anxieties during that time of the month, but others might just experience a craving for sugar. If it messes with your daily life, then this is considered premenstrual syndrome.

PMS can also change as you get older. The symptoms can shift as your body continues to change. One way to look at it is to ask if these changes cause problems with work or your family once a month, and do they effect you in the week before your period. Then, it’s PMS.


There are all kinds of emotional signs for PMS:

  • feeling gloomy
  • crying
  • mood swings
  • anger
  • stressed out
  • feeling out of control
  • not wanting to be around friends or family
  • trouble sleeping
  • anxiety
  • irritability


It’s hard to know sometimes when you’re PMS-ing, but here are some ideas to help you feel a little better during that time of the month:

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes everyday
  • Eat healthy foods like vegetables and whole grains
  • Avoid sugar, caffeine, and alcohol
  • Try to get more sleep
  • Take clinically supported Jubilance (oxaloacetate) once a day, every day of the month

[1] Holland, Kimberly. “Facts and Statistics About Your Period.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 28 Aug. 2018, www.healthline.com/health/facts-statistics-menstruation#1.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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