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I have two questions in one, but they are related. I am almost 29. Since I turned 28, my PMS and period symptoms have been considerably worse. My cramps are worse, and I have been experiencing nausea right before my period and with my period. Earlier in my 20's, i really had very few symptoms, if any. I am not on any birth control and have not been on it for years.

Has anyone else noticed their symptoms get worse as they got older? And also, is nausea common with PMS/period? Thanks.
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replied February 4th, 2010
I'm the same - I'm 27 and have noticed this past year that my cramps are a lot worse,as well as a few other PMS symptoms. I sometimes feel a bit nauseas, but i think it's partly to do with the pain of the cramps.

I used to get terrible cramps in the first few years of my period, but hardly any issues from about the age of 16 to 26. I was on the pill from 18 until 23 but no longer.
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replied February 16th, 2010
I have been doing alot online research lately. What I have found is that most women do experience harsher pms symptoms with age. some do not. everything from the moodiness to the cramps and hormonal changes/imbalance. if these symptoms do not improve for you and/or become more bothersome, then i would recommend talking to your doctor to run tests to see what the cause of your symptoms are. Good Luck to you.
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replied February 17th, 2010
I have had a similar experience. I am 26 and a half and for the last 6 months or so I have been noticing severe symptoms and I used to have few if at all. Now every month, I get depressed, cry a lot, feel nauseous and have bad cramps for 2 or 3 days right before my period. i've also been wondering if this is normal since it seems so sudden. As far as the nausea goes, I have heard others say it is a symptom of pms, but I don't think its as common as some others.
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replied February 17th, 2010
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PMS is a side effect of your hormone levels. With age these change, just like they do when puberty starts, when puberty is finished and after child birth.

Birth control pills are normally a good way to lessen them or even totally make it go away. If you smoke, birth control pills are however not recommended after 35yo.
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replied May 1st, 2010
PMS, menstrual cramps, oral contracption / the pill concerns
PMS and hormonal fluctuations can be improved with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture. Try finding a licensed Acupuncturist in your community, someone who knows herbs as well. Unfortunately Birth control pills are listed as a carcinogenic by the WHO (World Health Organization since 2005 but this info is not widely published)

PacHerbs makes a PMS Relief tea that works really well for hormonal fluctuations and PMS /menstrual cramp symptoms.
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replied November 9th, 2010
Menstrual cycles worsen with age
I am a 43 yr old and i have longer cycles, lasting 7 days.
I am also experiencing stronger headaches, cramps, and mood swings. Never did I have symptoms in my teens and all through my twenties. Now I am making up for my lack of symptoms. Why?
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replied November 10th, 2010
Difficult menstrual cycle in your 40's
At age 43 you are probably experiencing what is generally referred to as peri-menopause symptoms. Your hormone cycles begin to change and less progesterone in relation to estrogen can cause the symptoms your experiencing. I usually treat women with Chinese herbs for these symptoms and they begin to feel better in about a month.
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replied April 26th, 2011
Hi guys, I'm the same i have really notice my PMS get worse with age, im 28 now. When i first got my periods i would barely have any pms,just some cramps.
BUt now wow!! I get like everything, its soo bad.
Some months can vary too, like this month i had hardly any symptoms before my period, but now since they have finished def not feeling right, low moods headaches etc.
I hope it balances out in afew more days.
I'll also add my period seemed to last long this time around, when they are usually only about 5days, this time went for about 8days before i completely stopped.
Has anyone experienced symptoms of PMS after their period?
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replied April 26th, 2011
Painful Periods and PMS
I treat women with varying degree's of PMS and dysmennorhea/painful periods, all are suffering from estrogen dominance for most of their cycles. This is not a balanced state for the body and results in excessive moodiness, irritability and PAIN! Everyone I see has improvement. Some have completely pain free periods others have 100% LESS pain than before treatments. My treatment of choice includes balancing your hormone levels with the correct diet, herbs and natural progesterone creams for a few days each month. I use Chinese herbal formulas which have been used for generations of women successfully. A study in spam unapproved on over 500 women proved these herbs work. I've experienced the pain relief and see it with my patients everyday.
There is hope and you don't have to suffer each month.
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replied April 22nd, 2012
It is not unusual for PMS symptoms to get worse as a woman grows older. A woman's eggs have been in her body since birth and therefore the eggs are whatever age she is. Because each egg requires hormonal stimulation each month to mature for ovulation, as a woman gets older the eggs that responded easily to hormonal stimulation have already been released. The ones that require more hormones are those which are released later in life. The body is very persistent, it continues to send out more hormones until an egg releases and responds with its own hormones, telling the body the job is done. Overall, she ends up with more hormones and thus more premenstrual symptoms (which are due to the increased hormone levels).


I am 26 as well and have noticed just within the last year and wholly cow! my symptoms have gotten stronger... it seems like even Midol doesn't take the edge off and I cry.. a lot! I was martha speak with my kids and started crying when she was picked up by the pound! at this rate, i am going to be one of those older ladies who cries at birthdays and stuff. Oh well, its a natural cycle of life I guess. I thought I was the only one and was going to see a Dr about it, but seeing that so many other women are going through the same things as I am.. makes me feel very reassured.
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replied April 22nd, 2012
As far as what to do... a PMS specialist is able to provide many women with a thorough knowledge of all the details of a woman's symptoms and the philosophy of treatment. It requires a lot of trial and error in order to find the right treatment for PMS. The treatments can range from natural/lifestyle changes to alternative medical treatments, and one must choose if they want to treat individual symptoms with conventional medicine, or deal with the whole problem with hormonal therapy.
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replied July 15th, 2012
Omg yes! Im 28, no kids and haven't been on birth control for many years. my pms has become a deadly thing, mostly Im emotional and irritable and fatigued. i never had much pain w my period thank god, but feeling like Im going crazy is new. some people say that after you have children things change for the better. could my body be telling me its time to have a baby?
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replied December 7th, 2012
I'm 35 and noticed that I am crazy emotional the 2-3 days leading up to my period. It's to the point that my husband keeps saying, "It's not you! It's just not you!" I get paranoid, get depressed very quickly (and recover just as fast, unlike when I was younger), cry a lot, and even get suicidal thoughts. I shudder to say this because I was once suicidal in my twenties and I've recovered beautifully with meditation, prayer, and quitting drinking and smoking.

But anyway, getting back to the PMS...gosh, I wish there was really some magic herb or tea to take for this because I love tea. I have about 4 cups a day of oolong and green tea combined.
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replied April 10th, 2013
I've noticed that too!! I am 32 and within the past 2 or 3 years I started to get cramps that debilitate me, and within the past 6ish months I get really bad moodiness, crying spells and anger issues about a week before. Also, my breasts hurt about a week and a half before and get fibrous lumps that actually had me worried.

Thanks for making me feel a little less crazy! Razz
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replied April 16th, 2013
When I was a teenager, I had cramps so bad I would nearly faint. After I had my son at 19, they went away until I was about 27 years old. I am now 29, going on 30. I am not on birth control but my periods seem to just keep getting worse. I get so depressed and I cry at the drop of a hat, I get hostile and angry over nothing. My breasts hurt so bad!!! Usually the day of or before I get a killer migraine too. Also another thing is that about eighth months ago I begin having acne again. Great! Almost 30 and having acne! I have enough stress. My hormones must be completely out of whack or could it be because I am at the peak of my childbearing years???
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replied June 9th, 2013
sudden PMS at age 29
It's so nice that we can validate each other here. We're not crazy, we're women. I'm 29 and have had crazy moodiness and sore breasts a few days before my cycle for the last 6 months or so, sudden depression, fatigue, wanting to cry for no reason. Taking time to myself helps, writing in my journal, talking with other women, making myself eat well when all I want is sweets. I also intend on finding a naturopath and/or women's heath specialist to see about herbs or teas that can help.
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replied June 15th, 2013
I am SO relieved to read all these comments. I thought there was something seriously wrong with me. It all makes sense now. I am 26 years old.I am 5'6'', weighing at approx. 55kg. For the past 6-10 months I've been experiencing the following: Severe headaches for 2-3 days right around my period days (KILLER HEADACHES). I've always had a strong flow+pains during period but now it's like OWWW why god why!!! Severe nausea for the first 2-3 days of period, which I used to never get. I used to always do fine with (on average )one pain relief pill during this week of period, but now, if I don't have the pills readily available I freak out, these pains are so hard to bear!!! I feel TIRED, like if I don't go to sleep at 21:00 and sleep for at least 9-12 hours, I can't even function. Did I say strong pain?! AND one of the worse things (because I never had acne when I was a teenager, I aleays had a babyface!) now for the past 6-10 months I've head pimples and red spots on my face.....!!!!! My fiance' thinks I'm overreacting at times and that I'm always sick (BTW I have been sick like 3 days last year for two weeks at a time and had several health problems including back pain/spasms, the flu, my throat....etc;). I can't stress enough that I have always exercised (2-4 times a week), always been active, never really been overweight. I came to think my body just went insane. Does this mean we are now less fertile?! Or that it will be harder to get pregnant in the future? That's what scares me the most! PLEASE HELP.
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replied June 15th, 2013
I am SO relieved to read all these comments. I thought there was something seriously wrong with me. It all makes sense now. I am 26 years old.I am 5'6'', weighing at approx. 55kg. For the past 6-10 months I've been experiencing the following: Severe headaches for 2-3 days right around my period days (KILLER HEADACHES). I've always had a strong flow+pains during period but now it's like OWWW why god why!!! Severe nausea for the first 2-3 days of period, which I used to never get. I used to always do fine with (on average )one pain relief pill during this week of period, but now, if I don't have the pills readily available I freak out, these pains are so hard to bear!!! I feel TIRED, like if I don't go to sleep at 21:00 and sleep for at least 9-12 hours, I can't even function. Did I say strong pain?! AND one of the worse things (because I never had acne when I was a teenager, I always had a baby face!) now for the past 6-10 months I've head pimples and red spots on my face.....!!!!! My fiance' thinks I'm overreacting at times and that I'm always sick (BTW I have been sick like 3 days last year for two weeks at a time and had several health problems including back pain/spasms, the flu, my throat....etc;). I can't stress enough that I have always exercised (2-4 times a week), always been active, never really been overweight. I came to think my body just went insane. Does this mean we are now less fertile?! Or that it will be harder to get pregnant in the future? That's what scares me the most! PLEASE HELP.
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