PMS-premenstrual syndrome is the symptoms most women experience a few days before and during their menstrual cycle. They can get severe enough that they affect our daily lives and daily routines. Pms is caused because our bodies are going through hormone changes and as of now doctors don't fully know why pms can be worse for some women over others. Some pms signs include both physical and emotional symptoms. Tenderness of breasts, mood swings, bloating, low back aches, cramps, food cravings, acne, being tired or having a lack of energy, feeling sad, anxious, and depressed, insomnia, wanting to withdrawal from social activities, not being able to focus, and wanting to act hostile are all things pms can cause women to experience. After knowing all the symptoms that can occur it's not hard to wonder why women hate pms discomfort and are always trying to find ways to prevent or stop the discomfort. I would like to share 11 alternative remedies that we as women can try to help us get though the troubling days in ease and avoid disrupting our daily lives. Some of these methods I use myself and others I've found by doing research and will most likely try in the future. Of course taking pills like Midol
will help as well, but haven't ever just wanted to get away from pills and be able to cope without relying on pills?
1.) For me using a heating pad works wonders for multiple symptoms. For those who can't have something plugged in due to work there are travel heating pads as well that you can buy at your local drug store. Heating pads help to alleviate cramps, low back aches, and with that warm feeling wrapped around you it will most likely improve your moods so you aren't so quick to snap at someone.
2.) Take a warm bubble bath. It has the same affects of the heating pad plus it helps you to relax which will reduce your stress and anxiety. It also makes you slow down your day and grants you some personal time for just you especially after a long busy work day.
3.) Take a walk or exercise. I personally like walks since they tend to relax me, but just get in some type of exercise a few days a week and not just when you are menstruating. Exercising helps to relieve stress, pain, tension and it helps to reduce or relive our moods swings (depression, anxiety, etc.) It also gives you something to focus on instead of focusing on all of the pms discomforts we are experiencing.
4.) Wearing a supportive bra will help with the unpleasant breast tenderness if you experience that. I know myself that I go through this and there are some days where I find that even wearing just a t-shirt aggravates the tenderness and causes me to be sorer. Bras offer that support and comfort to help reduce the tenderness. You can also take vitamin E.
5.) Increase your calcium and B6 intake. Besides reducing the risk of getting osteoporosis according to my research calcium and B6 help to reduce depression and fluid retention as well as improve negative emotions.
By Amanda Trusnik
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Have any women experianced a wosening of PMT symptoms wearing an IUD?
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I am in a glass case of varying mood swings whenever my period would come near.
How do I lessen or cure my mood swings? I don't lash out to people, I turn more inwardly when I'm having mood swings and it's kinda annoying me because if my mood turns dark, I get all depressed and broody. It's okay if it's elation, but if it's dark, it annoys me.
But I'm of the normal mood most of the time, it's just that when I'm nearing my period.
Help appreciated. Thank you.
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