It must be said: the illustration The Seven Dwarves of Menopause was the first one to roam the world wide web. But as The Seven Dwarves of PMS, the picture hits the spot perfectly as well.
PMS. The abbreviation for premenstrual syndrome nowadays stands for all the complaints women have during their menstruation. That although it actually refers to the psychic and physical symptoms that appear before the menstruation, but after the ovulation. What these symptoms may be? Headaches, tummy pain, irritability, sometimes even aggression, crying spells, dizziness, anxiety, mood swings, food cravings, weight gain, breast swelling, bloating, tiredness, palpitations and depression.
Snappy, Achy, Spotty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful and Tearful do have plenty of other dwarf-friends.
It’s unclear how many women suffer from PMS as it depends on the criteria. And it doesn’t always last from your puberty to your menopause. Some women only get it after they’ve had children or after they’ve turned 30. It’s also unclear what exactly causes PMS: it could be too low progesterone levels, a vitamin B6 deficiency, serotonin, prolactin or the interaction between the hormone levels and the neurotransmitters in the brain. The precise (hormonal) cause hasn’t been found yet. There are even researchers who claim PMS is something that is all in the mind.