Everyone Gets PMS
FALSE. Technically, premenstrual syndrome only affects about 40 percent of women. If that sounds low, it’s because PMS is technically defined as a “diagnosable” medical condition with symptoms that are so severe they interfere with your life—keeping you home from school or away from activities, say, and in serious discomfort. Some women also suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which brings severe depression or mood disorders with it.
But even though most women don’t officially have PMS, teens may be more likely to have it than adult women, with an estimated 14 to 88 percent of teens having moderate to severe symptoms, like cramps, irritability, headaches, food cravings, bloating, depression, or anger.