What is Post Menstrual Syndrome?: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Premenstrual syndrome is a common phenomenon but most people wonder is there such a thing as postmenstrual syndrome. Yes there is. The mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability you feel after your period is over is not your fault.

Pre-menstrual syndrome(PMS) is defined by wikipedia as the physical and emotional symptoms that occurs in the one or two weeks before a woman's period.

Post period syndrome is similar to PMS except that it happens after a woman's menstrual period is over.

What is Post Menstrual Syndrome?

Post menstruation syndrome is defined as physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms that takes place in the one to two weeks after period has ended.

Around 33 percent of women experience this condition.

Unfortunately some women go through Pre menstrual dysphoric disorder. PMDD is a severe and form of PMS that can happen before or after menses. It is so severe that it affects relationship and quality of life of females affected by it.

Symptoms and Signs of Pre and post- menstrual Syndrome

Pre period and post period symptoms are both alike. It is just that they happen at different times.

Some symptoms are:

  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acne
  • Cramps
  • Bleeding​
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Nausea
  • Anger
  • Bloating
  • Breast Pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Spotting
  • Discharge
  • ​Tender breast
  • Food Cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

Causes of PMS

The exact cause of both pre and post menses syndrome is not known. But it is believed that the following triggers or contribute to it:

Hormonal Changes: During the menstrual cycle, the estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuates and changes. This changes can cause pms.

Chemical changes in the brain​: Serotinin is the happy hormone in the brain or the feel good chemical. It is known that low serotinin caused by changes in hormone can lead to depression and anxiety before and after period.

Stress and Depression​: Going through a stressful moment or depression can trigger PMS symptoms. Women going through PMS depression often notice that the symptoms go away when their period starts.


The Postmenstrual symptoms can start as early as a day after menstruation stops and lasting for the next two weeks.

It usually stops before ovulation begins. While premenstrual symptoms starts after ovulation and stops when your period begins.

Treatments and Home Remedies

If you like to go the natural way, there are many herbs that can help get rid of PMS. These herbs are much more preferred than over the counter drugs and medicines.


Evening Primrose oil​

Donq quia


Black cohosh

Wild yam




Vitamin B6​

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get PMS symptoms after your period is over

Yes you can get Post Menses Syndrome after your monthly period and you are not alone. It usually goes away before the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle starts. Where Pre menses symptoms can take over.

Article Sources

MayoClinic: What is PMS

NCBI: Postmenopausal Syndrome

womenshealthnetwork: Herbal treatments for PMS

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premenstrual_syndrome

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