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This is what to do…


Know the symptoms

They could be emotional, like mood swings, feeling overwhelme­d and suicidal thoughts, or physical ones, such as breast tenderness, sleep problems and headaches. Typically you will only experience symptoms for a week or two before a period, but it’s different for everyone. Find a full list of symptoms at

Keep a diary

Your doctor may ask you to keep a detailed record of symptoms for several months. If you feel they aren’t taking you seriously, do this yourself – you can download mood charts from the internet to help you.

Consider finding an advocate

They can come to appointmen­ts to help make sure people listen to you. It can be a friend or family member, or a profession­al advocate – find more details at

If you’re experienci­ng suicidal feelings and are worried you may act on them, call 999, go straight to A&E or call Samaritans for free on 116 123 to talk.

For further help, Emily found support at

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