There is a significant proportion of women (some estimates put it as high as 8%) who suffer from premenstrual syndrome symptoms and need some sort of treatment or medical help for their symptoms.
There are certain factors that increase a woman’s risk of having PMS and they are:
- Age is a prime factor for PMS, and it is generally found that the severity of the symptoms tends to rise with age. It is generally seen that it is women over the age of 30 who seek help for PMS and increasing age is commonly seen to make higher the chances of getting PMS
- Family history of PMS is usually a strong indicator for a woman having it
- Caffeine intake can increase risk of PMS
- Tobacco use is also shown to increase risk
- High stress levels are also seen to contribute to PMS and may exacerbate the symptoms such as depression, anger, tension, irritability etc
- Research has shown that identical twins have double the probability of developing PMS as against fraternal twins.
- Certain allergies such as those to nuts, trees, grass, and markers are seen to aggravate PMS
- Certain nutritional deficiencies such as low levels of certain essential vitamins and minerals can also be responsible