I meet many women on a weekly basis who complain of PMS symptoms; from irritability to bloating, water retention and crying spells. PMS symptoms are very individual and in some cases can impact what are usually simple daily tasks.

If you have ever cried in front of your boss because he/she asked you a really simple question then keep reading!

PMS or Pre-menstrual syndrome is a common experience many of us face as women on a monthly basis. It is a term used to describe any symptoms which occur any time after ovulation and disappear almost as soon as the period arrives.

PMS symptoms affect 75% of women and some experience a mild case of the symptoms while others find it very debilitating.

There are a staggering 150 symptoms associated with PMS some can by physical and others emotional and many women I know can experience both types of symptoms each month. Some women even experience different ranges of symptoms each month.

For me, it's carbohydrate cravings (I could eat a whole slice pan) and crying spells (yes I have been caught crying at Miami Ink, KungFu Panda and the odd episode of Friends). Mine are so common that I know exactly what to look out for and exactly how to manage them but its not the case for everyone.

No one knows for sure what causes PMS, although research has suggested that hormone imbalances play a large role; lowered levels of progesterone in relation to oestrogen as part of your normal, monthly hormone fluctuations are suggested by some experts to cause some of the symptoms.

The imbalance in these hormones can be triggered by a poor diet and high levels of stress triggering the release of the hormone cortisol and this can have a knock on effect on our reproductive hormones.

The body is a cocoon of interlaced systems that work in tandem together when we disrupt that we get symptoms like PMS, acne, irritability, bloating, weight gain, constipation and cravings to name a few.

Although it is easy to focus on a list of symptoms it is important to look at the full picture. If your symptoms occur frequently for let’s say, at least 2 out of 3 cycles and they always occur in the Luteal phase of your cycle they may be related to PMS. If it occurs in the Follicular phase then it could be something else. This is where monitoring your symptoms comes in really handy.

Monitoring changes in your menstrual cycle, mood and PMS can be a minefield for many women and so this is why I have added the "Rebalance Your Cycle" programme to The Female Wellness Hub.

This programme takes you though changes in your menstrual cycle, how to use diet and lifestyle to normalise your cycle, balance PMS symptoms and address other menstrual concerns like PCOS, Endometriosis and Fibroids. Click below to join today!

Elysia x