Pain, depressed mood, malaise: many women are familiar with signs of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Three experts explain why some women suffer particularly – and what can help them.
By Katharina Hoch
It always starts shortly after ovulation. Alexandra sleeps worse, her skin starts to itch and her stomach bloates. However, the mental problems are much worse, says the 44-year-old teacher. “I’m more aggressive and argumentative. I think I annoy others more quickly than usual. When I observe myself from the outside, I think to myself: ‘Now just shut up, it’s okay now.’ But I can’t stop.” Above all, she completely rejects her partner. “I just can’t stand men in the ten days before my period,” she says. “As soon as I start bleeding, the gray haze disappears and I’m like a changed person.”
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