How to Deal With PMS

How to Deal With PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) makes a woman uncomfortable physically, emotionally and mentally. PMS lasts for approximately two weeks from the time her egg is released from the ovary until her monthly blood flows. Once the woman experiences PMS symptoms she will have them every month until she begins menopause. Typically women will start to experience PMS in her 20s or 30s and are more likely to occur if she has had at least one child.

There are approximately 150+ PMS symptoms that she can suffer from each month. Each month can be different regarding which symptoms she experiences and how mild, or severe the symptoms become.

The Emotional or mood symptoms include anger, anxiety, depression, irritability, increased emotional reactivity, changes in her sexual desire, exacerbation of any existing psychiatric condition she may already suffer from, tearfulness or crying spells.

Mental changes she may experience during PMS include being forgetful, having trouble concentrating, confusion, difficulty staying on task, and she may become prone to accidents due to a decrease in mental ability to focus.

Physical changes and symptoms that she may experience during PMS may include acne, breast tenderness and breast swelling, abdominal bloating and cramping, headaches including migraines, difficulty sleeping, changes in energy level that can include fatigue, swelling in her hands and feet, and also nausea.

A woman with PMS can deal with these symptoms by keeping a symptom diary. This diary will help her to relate how she is feeling and coping and when she shows this diary to her doctor, the doctor can adjust medications, or incorporate new therapies into her treatment plan to address new symptoms or symptoms that have changed in intensity.

Lifestyle changes may improve the way she copes with PMS. If she improves upon her diet and exercise routine she may find that she can cope with her PMS symptoms better. Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, reducing or eliminating her use of tobacco products and alcohol, increasing self-knowledge about PMS, and establishing or maintaining a support group can aid her in feeling better and in coping with her PMS better.

Vitamins and minerals and other natural herbs can also help her to cope with her PMS symptoms as they bring relief from her symptoms. If a woman addresses the symptoms that are most severe first, she will find that she can cope better with the other symptoms better.

Because PMS symptoms can change from month to month she may find that the month her symptoms are milder she will have an easier time coping and the months that her symptoms are more severe she will rely more on her support system to help her to cope with her PMS.

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