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Premenstrual Syndrome

Womens Health > Premenstrual Syndrome

There are innumerable symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome or PMS. The most common of these include: fatigue, food craving, breast tenderness, mood swings, changes in libido, bloating, weight gain, and headache.

PMS occurs between ovulation and menstruation. It’s “the period before your period” as the commercial says. Although we regard PMS, and the women it affects, as the source for endless jokes and ribbing, sufferers are hard pressed to find any humor when symptoms strike.

You need not be relegated to the sidelines with PMS. You can stay in the game with a plan.

Chart your cycle. Identifying the period before your period can help you prepare.

Monitor your intake of foods that exacerbate PMS symptoms. These include alcohol, caffeine and fried, salty or sugar-laden foods.

Make sure to get adequate rest. Adults typically need 7 to 8 hours sleep each evening. Some need more. You will not be at your best if you consistently get less. Pay attention to what works best for you.

Exercise regularly. You need not run a marathon but you can take a brisk walk, ride your bike or take a swim.

Reach for the water. It is always a better alternative to soda and other sweetened drinks.

Establish clear boundaries. It is absolutely okay to say no sometimes.

Engage in fulfilling activities. Find something to do that keeps you in touch with your personal gifts and talents.

Create a circle of support. There are none among of that does not need help.

Handle conflict healthfully. Stick to the facts, and kindly say what you mean (it’s also a good idea to mean what you say).

Keep a good store of the supplies that bring you comfort. These might include heating pads, aspirin, loose-fitting clothing or a good book.

No, having PMS does not mean that you are a raving lunatic or that your judgment is impaired. It does mean that you may need a little extra TLC, and there is nothing wrong in that.

Womens Health > Premenstrual Syndrome