Treating Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome
Have you ever heard from your family that you are being absolutely unbearable? They get offended, but at the moment you are suffering from terrible headaches, your stomach is aching and it is impossible to touch your breasts. You want to cry because anything and everything annoys you. It is likely due to premenstrual syndrome.
Medical statistics indicate that more than 70 percent of women face this problem.
Hormones are the culprit of all these unpleasant feelings. During this period hormone levels are especially high, causing unpleasant feelings. Hormone levels return to a normal level at the beginning of menstruation. And, unfortunately, these feelings are repeated each month.
Only 10 percent of women consult their doctor for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Gynecologists rarely prescribe medication; the only exclusion is hormone-containing drugs which regulate the menstrual cycle. You can manage premenstrual syndrome symptoms yourself by living a healthier lifestyle.
No matter how difficult your premenstrual days are, doctors consider premenstrual syndrome to be a short term condition and not a disease. You have the power to prevent it. First, it is necessary to make sure that your symptoms are caused by premenstrual syndrome and not an internal disease. For the gynecologist to diagnose the illness correctly, these symptoms must show themselves for at least several months.
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome:
The most frequent are the following:
- Drowsiness which is difficult to overcome and which can not be explained by ordinary fatigue;
- Change of mood, depressed mood;
- No interest in sex;
- Sudden fits of unexplained fear;
- Breasts increase in size and are painful;
- Leg hypostasis;
- Sickness, constipation, diarrhea, stomach bloating;
- Strong headaches;
- Faints, tachycardia;
- Appearance of acne, rash and other allergic reactions on the skin, disappearing in a short time period;
- Weight gain.
These symptoms can appear separately and simultaneously. Sometimes you may not connect these symptoms to the on-set of your menstruation. If you want to understand your symptoms, document them for three months. Take the notes when you go to your doctor. If the specialist decides that all these symptoms are caused by premenstrual syndrome, he or she may prescribe some medication and changes to your lifestyle.
Diet is of great importance to manage premenstrual symptoms. It will improve the state of your health since it smoothes the consequences of hormone oscillations. Always eat a nutritious breakfast and don’t eat cold food before going to bed. Have several small meals throughout the day.
- Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as they contain vitamins, minerals and cellulose;
- try not to eat foods containing large amounts of fat, as they increase the level of cholesterol which hampers the circulation of the blood;
- replace pork with fish, poultry or lean beef;
- cook food with olive oil rather than vegetable oil;
- limit the intake of dairy products, which complicate the absorption of magnesium (magnesium averts the onset of muscle pains);
- Reduce your sugar intake, as well as your intake of preservatives;
- if your breasts and legs swell, and your joints ache, reduce your caffeine intake -- caffeine causes your body to retain liquid;
- confine the amount of alcohol you consume -- alcohol increases headaches and irritability;
- try to decrease the amount of water you drink two weeks before menstruation;
- Horsetail will relieve legs pains and hypostasis.
Support your body with vitamins and minerals. Important vitamins are from the “B” group, and also groups “A”, “C”, “D”, and “E”. Increase your amount of magnesium and calcium.
During the ten days after menstruation, drink a lot of natural (not sweet) fruit juices and drink a lot of water.
A healthy lifestyle should include some physical activity. Physical activity will help prevent symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, as it improves the circulation of the blood, relaxes the muscles, and helps to eliminate unnecessary water from your body.
A simple breathing exercise will help you. Sit in a Turkish position and, while raising your hands, take a deep breath. Hold your breath for a moment to feel how it touches your diaphragm. Then, while lowering the hands, breathe out slowly.
Relax by putting on your favorite music, make yourself comfortable on the sofa, and think pleasant thoughts. Take a warm bath in the evening for 20 minutes. Add sea salt to the water and a few drops of lavender
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