Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Help relieve multiple PMS symptoms with Extra Strength PMS Midol® Complete

If you have experienced premenstrual syndrome (PMS), you know how unpleasant PMS symptoms can be, like mood swings, bloating, acne, and breast tenderness.1

PMS symptoms can occur any time after your ovary has released an egg, which typically happens in the middle of the menstrual cycle.7 During that time, hormonal changes are preparing the uterus, in case the egg is fertilized and pregnancy occurs. That means estrogen decreases and progesterone increases.7

Effect of increased progesterone

You may feel the effects of increased progesterone levels in several ways:

  • Progesterone decreases the level of endorphins, the body's natural pain reliever: you may feel sore, irritable, and nauseated.7
  • The kidneys may retain water, causing swelling and water weight gain, making pants and skirts harder to zip up.7
  • Progesterone can trigger a craving for sweets.7 Giving in makes your blood sugar soar then crash, and that can make you irritable and moody.7
  • Lower levels of serotonin can may make you feel blue (serotonin is a key brain chemical in fighting depression).7
  • Your body produces chemicals called prostaglandins, which may have a role in cramping; breast tenderness; and gastrointestinal symptoms, like constipation, diarrhea, and gas.7

You don't have to just live with these symptoms — Extra Strength PMS Midol® Complete can effectively and quickly relieve many PMS symptoms. Also, there are plenty of things you can do to minimize or cope with PMS symptoms.