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23rd February 2024

Cracking the PMDD Code


Written by: Musarrat Ibtida Hoque (@heratlashands)


Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that affects some individuals, primarily those who menstruate. PMDD can lead to significant emotional and physical symptoms. Common symptoms include:


  • Feelings of sadness, tension or anxiety
  • Lasting irritability or anger that affects other people
  • Feeling out of control
  • Lack of interest in daily activities and relationships
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Trouble thinking or focusing
  • Appetite changes: Increased food cravings/binge eating, or loss of hunger
  • Panic attacks, mood swings, or frequent crying
  • Changes in sleep: sleeping too much or being unable to sleep
  • Physical symptoms: Bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain

PMDD typically appearapprear only in the luteal phase - that's between ovulation until around the time of your period. It's important to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you have PMDD to discuss treatment options.

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