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Treating PMS - Treating Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms Naturally


Identify the Physical Symptoms

Premenstrual symptoms vary based completely on the individual.

  • Breast swelling
  • Breast tenderness
  • Inexplicable weight gain
  • Bloating
  • Water retention
  • Application of pressure to the nipple causing discharge
  • Changes in normal bowel patterns
  • Changes in normal sleeping patterns
  • Craving of particular foods
  • Lack of energy; fatigue
  • Acne
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • General pain, typically located in the lower back
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Cramping, typically pain located in the lower abdomen
  • Muscle and joint pains

Identify the Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms

  • Withdrawal from social events
  • Inexplicable aggression
  • Increased irritability
  • Inexplicable sadness
  • Depression
  • Loss of hope, motivation
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Tearfulness
  • Loss of ability to focus and/or concentrate

Identify the Cause

There is not one individual cause for premenstrual symptoms.It is typical for specific individuals to have diverse symptoms and those symptoms may require different treatment options.Premenstrual syndrome has been prevalently linked with changes in hormone levels occurring with changes in the menstrual cycle.Symptoms can begin as early as the teenage years.There are several factors that have been correlated with increased premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
  • Heredity:It is typical for premenstrual symptoms to "run in the family."
  • Excessive caffeine intake: Excess caffeine can interfere with hormones associated with premenstrual syndrome, effectively increasing symptoms.
  • Stress:Excessive amounts of stress are correlated with increased symptoms of premenstrual symptoms.
  • Lack of Exercise:Women that remain active throughout life are less likely to develop the severe symptoms of premenstrual symptoms.Exercise maintains a healthy body and mind.
  • Smoking:This is a negative habit that affects every working system of your body, including your reproductive system.
  • Diet:It is important to eat healthy foods.Healthy food can taste good!

Identify the Natural Treatment that Actually Works

There currently exists an array of natural methods for the treatment and reduction of PMS symptoms.

  • Educate Yourself:Some symptoms are mild in comparison to others, and you must take the time to research the best treatment options for you!The more you know about your premenstrual syndrome, the better decisions you can make in an attempt to avoid symptoms.
  • Stress Reduction/Relaxation Techniques:There exists a direct correlation between stress and premenstrual syndrome.Learn how to relax and make the time during your day for this relaxation.Less stressed individuals lead healthier and happier lives, along with decreased premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
  • Vitamins:It is nearly impossible to obtain all the necessary vitamins throughout the day without the use of a vitamin or nutritional supplement.
  • Dietary Nutrition:Make good food choices.Eat healthier foods.Make substitutions when possible, and eat unhealthy foods in moderation.
  • Exercise:Movement is essential in life and significantly decreases premenstrual symptoms.Exercise does not mean that you have to join a gym and run four miles or do thousands of crunches.Being active consists of much more than that.Go for a walk, take the stairs, laugh, lead an active life and turn off that television set.Being active is a state of mind, and before you know it, being active will become natural, and your body will thank you.
  • Non-Prescription Medications:There are over the counter medications that reduce symptoms of premenstrual symptoms.Mild pain killers are typically enough to reduce and/or eliminate cramping and muscle/joint pains.Taken in moderation, medications can improve your premenstrual symptoms.


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