In my last post I discussed about menstrual cramps remedy. Along with the cramps another problem that often accompanies a woman’s periods is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In this post we will discuss about what’s PMS, it’s symptoms, home remedies and treatment for PMS.
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A couple of days before the onset of your period, you may have mood swings, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. These monthly symptoms are known as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Around 85% of women experience some form of PMS. PMS symptoms are generally seen 5 to 11 days before period and disappear once period starts.
Symptoms of PMS
Although these problems are temporary but may affect your normal routine. So do try treatments and make few lifestyle changes that can help you manage the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome. Following are some of the symptoms of PMS:
- Bloating and pain in abdomen
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Food craving
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Being over- emotional
Treatment of PMS
If your body ache, mood swings, and other symptoms don’t disappear, you should get an appointment with your doctor and get yourself checked for other possible medical problems.
Although PMS can not be cured at home, but you can try certain things to calm your symptoms. If you have a mild premenstrual syndrome,you can try:
- Sleep eight hours during night to combat fatigue
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and cut down salt, caffeine, sugar and alcohol
- Take food supplements like folic acid, vitamin B-6, calcium, and magnesium to control cramps and mood swing
- Drinking lots of fluids to sooth abdominal bloating
- Do regular exercise to reduce bloating. It also helps to cheer you up
- Take a balanced diet for your overall good health and give you needed energy
Severe PMS symptoms are seen in very few women. Severe symptoms are known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). PMDD affects around 3 to 8 % of women.
General Symptoms of PMDD are:
- Suicidal tendency
- Panic attacks
- Severe anxiety
- Excessive anger
- Frequent crying
- No interest in daily activities
- Lack of attention
- Over eating
- Painful cramps and bloating
Your doctor may recommend you:
- Stress management techniques
- No caffeine
- Regular exercise
- Taking supplements, such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B-6
PMS and PMDD symptoms can appear from time to time, but generally disappear after your period begins. A healthy lifestyle and proper treatment help reduce symptoms in most cases.