As a teenager and in my early 20s, I barely PMS'd. At worse I might feel a little cranky a couple days before or sensitive and my chest would be only a little sore. I didn't have much cramping. I took birth control for a few years but stopped 2 years ago b/c I didn't like the side effects. Now I'm pushing 30 and have found my PMS and cycle is bothering me more and more. For instance: 1. I am super sensitive the day before (ie: I got all choked up and my voice started cracking and my throat tightening up while reading my class "the giving tree" even though I've read it many times before. I tried to tell my Mom, fiance and best friend about it since I never cry @ school so it was significant to me, but each time i'd start talking about the book, i'd burst into tears) 2. My, uh, "#2s" get very loose 3. My chest feels sore and bruised on the inside. Slight movements really hurt and they throb and ache all day. I honestly feel like I was punched there 4. My PMS starts about 1.5 weeks before my period. So I have tenderness, crankiness, stomach cramps, etc 5. My energy is sapped. I get tired easily and just feel worn out 6. I had a couple fits of rage (not full out Hulk, but on Thursday EVERYTHING was making me angry. I yelled @ a student for something really small that normally wouldn't bug me) Has anyone experienced this? Did getting back on birth control help?