A break is what many of us wish we had during our “special” time. Especially when your cramps are extreme and painful, your belly has bloated five inches and you’re mad at the world but can’t figure out why.
PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, causes a variety of symptoms that are linked to the menstrual cycle. It can be sneaky because symptoms may begin one to two weeks before menstrual bleeding occurs. Marking off the start day of your period on a calendar can be very handy and help you keep track of when your symptoms begin.
Researchers feel that a number of reasons may actually cause PMS. The number one reason is the change in hormones. But then, a low level of vitamins and minerals and/or eating large amounts of certain foods (salty foods -- which make you bloated, or alcohol or caffeine -- which may affect your mood) have been pointed out as the possible culprits as well.
Researchers believe that a number of factors cause PMS. The number one cause is a change in hormones. Low levels of vitamins and minerals as well as eating specific foods such as salty foods which cause bloating and alcohol or caffeine which affect mood also can be culprits of PMS.
It is important to realize that women experience different symptoms during PMS. Symptoms may include:
tender or swollen breasts
bloating, stomachache, constipation or diarrhea
backache or headache
changes in appetite or food cravings
muscle or joint point
trouble concentrating or memory issues
mood swings such as tension, crying spells or irritability
depression or anxiety.
Is there a cure for PMS?
The same treatment does not work for all women experiencing PMS. Treatment may involve a trial and error process that includes lifestyle changes, different medications or alternative therapies. Some lifestyle changes may include exercising more, eating healthier, eating less salty and sugary foods, eating less alcohol and caffeine, sleeping at least eight hours each night, reducing stress and quitting smoking.