Premenstrual Syndrome

As a woman, you must have often suffered from some physical, psychological or emotional symptoms 1 to 2 weeks before your menstrual period. The symptoms might include acne, anxiety, nausea, weakness, breast tenderness, headaches, backaches, joint pain and most commonly tension, irritability and mood swings. Premenstrual Syndrome is the name give to these particular symptoms which are related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. While the symptoms keep varying, it is estimated that 85% of women face at least one of these symptoms before their menstrual cycle. These symptoms affect the daily routine and activity of women and most of these symptoms disappear as soon as your period starts. Though the number is very few but some women also face the severe problem of disabling symptoms every month which generally include severe depression, low esteem, hopelessness, irritability and tension. This problem is known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and women facing this problem generally have an underlying psychiatric disorder.

The causes of premenstrual syndrome are generally linked to hormonal changes during menstrual cycle. In addition, stress, strain and tension can aggravate the symptoms. Some PMS symptoms have also been linked to low levels of vitamins and minerals in the body. This problem occurs more in women who are between their late 20’s and early 40’s and also in those women who have a family history of depression. Certain natural methods can help in preventing as well as alleviating the symptoms of PMS. These include exercising regularly, eating healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables and grains and by avoiding salty and excessive sugary foods along with restraining from alcohol and caffeine intake. Similarly, staying away from stress or combating stress through yoga and meditation can also prove effective in treating this problem. In extreme cases, one can also take medical advice to effectively deal with the symptoms of PMS.

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