Symptoms And Treatment Of Premenstrual Syndrome


Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be identified as a collection of nearly 150 various symptoms which affect hundreds of thousands of women each month. These symptoms can be very serious and painful, affecting both the emotional side and physical side of the women. From simple cramps in the legs to serious depressive moods, mood-swings to migraines, weight gain to retention of fluids, the symptoms are myriad.

It may be very difficult to diagnose the condition due to the whole lot of symptoms that afflict the woman, and above all the real causes of PMS, remain a mystery. This has resulted in helplessness in prescribing a particular test or course of medication to determine if it is really PMS.

Above all PMS cannot be cured by any conventional method. The only things doctors prescribe are a balanced diet, a regular exercise regimen, and medication to treat the symptoms. The medications that would be recommended by your physician are usually only to relieve the intensity of the symptoms and are entirely dependent on how serious they are.

Some institutions like The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have provided certain courses of action to doctors to direct them in the analysis and treatment of PMS. The  recommendations of ACOG include changes in your lifestyle, exercise and a comprehensive carbohydrate diet or dietary add-ons like vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium to help relieve the warning signs of PMS. Recently, based on some clinical studies, researchers concluded that they had discovered the constructive properties of calcium supplements for women suffering from PMS.

Studies have pointed out that the symptoms of PMS are lessened through intake of manganese, magnesium and Vitamin E. Some other evaluations have suggested natural progesterone supplements like vitamin B6 and primrose oil to treat PMS. When it comes to medicines prescribed for PMS, these usually include inhibitors of serotonin reuptake normally prescribed for depressive conditions. Sometimes oral contraceptive had been found to be useful in the treatment of PMS, when the patient had mood-swings.

PMS can be treated in a number of ways, and they are all dependent on the reported symptoms, with the treatment plan wholly based on these symptoms.

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