Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects approximately 90% of menstruating women. For most women, the symptoms are just a mild advance warning that their period is approaching, but for some, PMS can be severe and even debilitating.
There are over 100 recognised physical and psychological symptoms with a possible link to PMS, but thankfully, most women suffer only a handful of these problems. It is extremely common to feel out of sorts emotionally in the week leading up to your period. Some of the most frequently reported psychological symptoms of PMS are irritability, fatigue, mood swings, loss of concentration and feelings of sadness for no particular reason. Physically, it is common to experience breast tenderness, swollen ankles, headaches, slight weight gain and abdominal bloating.
It is not fully understood why some women experience more severe symptoms of PMS than others, but it is thought that there may be a link between low levels of serotonin, a natural chemical found in the brain that regulates mood, and some of the psychological symptoms such as depression, mood swings and irritability.
Generally, PMS symptoms will be worst in the week before your period and will gradually improve or even rapidly disappear when your period starts.
A natural approach to PMS
Although you should always see your doctor if your PMS symptoms are severe, there are many natural treatments to try that can help make your time of the month more manageable.
Also known as pyridoxine, Vitamin B6 is advocated for relieving mild mood swings and irritability. Always consult your doctor to ensure you do not exceed your recommended daily allowance before starting treatment.
Prescribed to women throughout Asia for decades, Curcuma comosa helps to regulate your hormones throughout the month, providing effective relief from the most common symptoms of PMS.
Evening Primrose Oil
Many women find it useful to take Evening Primrose Oil capsules each month to relieve premenstrual breast pain.
A healthy diet
It has been scientifically proven that making healthy lifestyle changes can relieve or even completely eliminate the symptoms of PMS. Research conducted by Massachusetts University revealed that women who eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D are less susceptible to both physical and psychological symptoms, while reducing your salt intake will help reduce bloating, and cutting down on calcium can relieve mood swings and irritability.
Exercise releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain which serve as natural mood boosters. Getting plenty of exercise throughout the month may help ward off some off the unwelcome psychological symptoms of PMS.