It is that time of the month again.

It’s the time when I lose all my friends, my husband avoids me and i’m getting myself completely stressed out.

Yes, I’m a sufferer of Pre Menstrual Syndrome. (PMS)

I don’t get a lot of aches and pains but I get irritated really easily, everything just becomes too much to handle and I’m not in the mood for any socialization.

What can you do to stop PMS?

I’ve always kind of accepted it for what it is and just lived through those days.

But I’m getting really tired of it and it really is affecting my life in a negative way. Those hormones have so much power!

So I have done some research to see what can be done about PMS.

Please be aware however that I am not an expert in this area. These are just general suggestions.

If you have severe problems from PMS it is always advisable to see a doctor.

What is PMS?

Many women feel unwell in the period just before their period. This is referred to as Pre Menstrual Syndrome.

Symptoms can include bloating, cramps, headaches, swelling, fluid retention, low back pain, depression, abdominal pressure, insomnia and sugar cravings.

What remedies are currently available to prevent or ease PMS?

Recommended vitamins

  • 1200 mg of calcium daily
  • 400 – 800 mg of Vitamin E daily (reduces cramps and breast tenderness)
  • 500 – 1000 mg Magnesium (calms the nervous system, relieves anxiety, irritability, nervousness, and insomnia. It also helps with cramps and backpain and reduces your craving for sugar. It may also help reduce breast tenderness.)
  • 200 – 400 mg of Vitamin B6 (muscle relaxant, reduces fluid retention, swelling and breast tenderness)
  • 1500 mg of Primrose oil daily
  • Gammalinolenic acid (GLA) helps to regulate neurological and hormnal functions. It can help with muscle spasms, cramping, sugar cravings, mood swings, depression, irritability and acne. GLA is found in evening primrose oil, borage oil and black currant oil. Borage oil contains the most GLA. One 1000 mg capsule of borage oil provides a daily dose of 240 mg GLA.
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) this oil is found in fish and flaxseed oil and helps to reduce breast tenderness.
  • Multiple vitamin supplement: can help to balance the system.

Herbs

Lungtanxieganwan: this can alleviate anger.
Xiao Yao Wan: can help with depression, indigestion and bloating.

Exercize

Exercize can drastically reduce PMS. So not only is it good for your overall health and fitness it can also assist with reducing sugar cravings, reduce cramps and eliminate excess fluids.

Diet

Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol worsen the symptoms of PMS and should be avoided.

A low-fat vegetarian diet, and a reduced  intake of refined sugar, salt, red meat, alcohol, and caffeine can also improve your symptoms. Reducing your sugar intake is also very beneficial for many other complaints like yeast infection so reducing sugar is always a smart idea.

It will also help if you increase your consumption of complex carbohydrates, leafy green vegetables, fruit, cereals and whole grains.

Hormonal treatment

It is also suggested that Natural progesterone cream could help but will need to research this further.

Drugs

To relieve symptoms you may try ibuprofen, naproxen, and other drugs specifically made for relieving premenstrual symptoms. It is not advised that you take Aspirin during menstruation as this could incease your bleeding.

Oral contraceptive

These have also proven to be helpful, however using this will have many other negative side effects like increased yeast. So I would personally not advise to take this route unless your PMS is very severe.

I know this list is not complete and I will continue to look for ways that may help with PMS. On a personal level: I have already started drastically reducing my sugar intake (although I have weak moments) and am following many of the food recommendations mentioned above.

I have also started taking the vitamins and do regular exercizes. I will come back to this in a future article to let you know how I go and give you a report on what I feel has been most effective.

Meanwhile if you know of any remedies that have worked for you, then let me know!

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