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how can i calm my PMS?

By Anonymous February 27, 2009 - 11:44am
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Hi, Anon! Know that there are solutions out there. I'm on a birth control pill called Yaz, and it has been a great experience as my PMS symptoms have all but disappeared.

February 27, 2009 - 1:19pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question.

PMS has many symptoms. Are yours physical, emotional, or both?

Symptoms can range from fatigue to bloating, to breast pain and emotional upset. And many in-between.

PMS is thought to be caused by a chemical change in the brain in the second and third weeks of a woman's monthly cycle. These changes are thought to be caused by changes in the levels of progesterone and estrogen.

Many women find that natural treatments work best. Plenty of fresh foods and water can help and exercise, even though you don't feel like it, can absolutely help at this time. Some women crave salts or sugars when PMS arrives and eating fresh sweet fruits are a better option. Water can also help with bloating. Relaxation techniques like yoga or massage can also help a woman relax during those tense weeks and a warm bath and plenty of sleep will ease symptoms.

Because calcium and magnesium levels in a woman's body changes during the pre-menstrual time of the month, taking supplements for them may help.

Women who want or need a more medicated route, birth control pills can ease symptoms. Some women take anti-anxiety drugs but it's always better to try a natural route first.

And talking to a good girlfriend over a glass of wine can never be under-estimated!

Can you let us know what your symptoms are? There is a diagnosis called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder that is a more serious form of pre-menstrual syndrome. The typical symptoms of PMS are far more aggressive and disruptive in PMDD and a woman often needs to see a medical professional. You can read more about PMDD in our encyclopedia here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder

Please update us with a little more information if you can, and advise of the kind of symptoms you are suffering.

We look forward to hearing from you!

February 27, 2009 - 12:54pm
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