Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) 

Hi, this page is about what PMS is and how to deal with it :). Now, what is PMS? PMS stands for premenstrual syndrome, it is the array of symptoms you could feel 1-2 weeks before your period starts.

These symptoms can include:

Physical symptoms:

  • Weight gain related to fluid retention
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Emotional symptoms:

  • Poor concentration
  • Depressed mood
  • Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
  • Social withdrawal
  • Mood swings and irritability or anger
  • Appetite changes and food cravings
  • Tension or anxiety

Now I know that seems like a lot and it’s really scary but in reality, people only experience a couple of these symptoms the weeks before their period.

How do you deal with this??

  1. Medication
    1. If the symptoms are bad enough then you can talk to your doctor for some kind of medication
    2. You can also use over the counter medication like ibuprofen and Midol.
  2. Physical exercise
    1. Aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes can improve circulation
    2. Exercise may help with depression and mood.
  3. Therapy
    1. Therapy focused on negative thoughts and behaviors can also help.
  4.  Diets
    1. Smaller more frequent meals can help with bloating
    2. Limiting salt can also help with bloating as well
    3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  5. Reduce stress
    1. Get lots of sleep (take a nap)
    2. Try a deep breathing exercise like yoga or a massage

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