Symptoms And Remedies For PMS

Learn some symptoms and treatments of premenstrual syndrome.

PMS, for years women were told it was all in their heads. Women who suffer from this have been the butt of many jokes for years and years. Over the last couple of decades the medical community has declared that PMS is not in women's heads but throughout their bodies. Years ago, these women were diagnosed with psychological problems. Really, ask any woman who has ever had it and they could have told you it was real.

PMS - short for premenstrual syndrome. It occurs one or two weeks before menstruation begins. Not all women get PMS and some only get it occasionally, but for the many thousands of women who do get it at any time for any length, any type of relief is helpful. Husbands and other family members also sometimes grateful for relief.

Premenstrual syndrome has several causes. There are some medications which women take that can cause increased PMS symptoms. Another cause is an allergy to certain foods. You may crave certain foods (chocolate, sugar, caffeine, etc.) at this time, which can lead to an unstable amount of blood sugar levels. That's why proper nutrition including the basic food groups is very important especially at this time.

Current studies have shown that women who consume caffeine are three to four times more likely to suffer from PMS.

Another is the hormonal change a woman goes through each month with her menstrual cycle. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days, however, each woman is different and there are variations of this. During the woman's cycle, the body releases different hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The body releasing too much estrogen and not enough progesterone causes PMS. This affects the body causing imbalances throughout. At the time of this article not enough is known about PMS and researchers are still working on bringing not only relief but trying to find the causes and eliminate this problem.

Some of the physical symptoms of PMS are headaches, abdominal bloating, fatigue, acne, cravings, backaches, constipation or diarrhea, insomnia, fainting, breast swelling and tenderness. Some of the personality changes that occur with PMS are irritability, drastic mood swings, uncontrollable anger, violence and suicidal thoughts.

There are several over the counter remedies, which can be bought at any drug store, retail, store or grocery store. There are also prescription drugs that can be taken to alleviate some of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, however you need to carefully read the possible side effects and see which is the most appropriate for you personally. Some doctors will prescribe birth control pills to combat PMS.

Many people today use herbal products to help with PMS. Cramp bark, kava kava, rosemary and red raspberry are some of the most popular herbs to relieve cramping. Blessed thistle, dong quai, fennel seed, and sarsaparilla root help with the hormonal imbalance caused at this time. Feverfew is used for the migraines associated with PMS.

Doctors recommend several things to help fight the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome: Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Cut back on dairy products. Avoid caffeine. Limit sugar. Cut back or eliminate refined sugar products, red meat, alcohol, salt, and junk foods. Contrary to the popular low carb diets now, a diet high in complex carbohydrates help to alleviate stress. Check with your health care provider before attempting a dietary change. Get regular exercise to increase your circulation, this may decrease some PMS associated symptoms.

For cramps, a hot water bottle or warm bath will help reduce the severity of the cramps. This is also good for backache associated with PMS. Also use a heating pad on the back or abdomen but not for prolonged periods of time. Never fall asleep in the bathtub or while using a heating pad.

If you are having problems with PMS talk to your health care provider. There are things that can be done for you if your health care provider has all the necessary information about your specific problem.

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