Monday, January 04, 2010

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

According to herbalmedicine Premenstrual syndrome popularly known as PMS or PMT (Premenstrual tension) is a combination of mental, physical and emotional symptoms occurring before the onset of the monthly period. All women experience some or the other symptoms during menstruation.

In some cases these symptoms are severe whereas in other cases only mild discomfort is experienced. Woman can easily recognize these symptoms and they occur about two weeks before the commencement of the actual period.

Signs and symptoms: - Important signs and symptoms associated with premenstrual symptoms are given below. Premenstrual syndrome is associated with both mental as well as physical symptoms. Physical symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome are fullness in the abdomen, abdominal cramps, and tenderness in the region of the breast or swelling, patient cannot sleep properly, headache, fatigue, changes in libido etc. Some of the psychological symptoms associated with it are stress, anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability etc.

Important risk factors associated with premenstrual syndrome are excessive intake of tea and coffee, stress, previous history of depression, lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet, increasing age, family history etc.

Causes of PMS: Exact cause of premenstrual syndrome is not known. It is believed that genetic factors also play an important role in producing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. It is the imbalance of the hormonal cycle of the females which is thought to be the reason behind causing the discomfort.

Treatment: - Premenstrual syndrome can be prevented by making some changes in the diet and the life style.

Some of the important measures that can be taken to prevent discomfort during the menstrual cycle are given below:

Avoid too much intake of tea and coffee and try to take fish oil supplements. This helps to prevent the mood swings. Eat little often, if possible after every three hours.

Increase the intake of vitamins and minerals in your diet.

It is safe to take the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain and inflammation of any parts of the genital area.

These simple tips can help you to avoid discomfort during menstrual period.


I am suffering PMS right now and It's a hell painful..hopefully this suffering will end soon.

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