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So, I don't think anyone, male or female, likes PMS. Nothing is less fun than mood swings and crying at random commercials about tourism in Tokyo (yeah, I did that once).

So why does it happen? I realize the change in hormones are responsible, but wouldn't you think that we';D have evolved to handle that a little better?

Anyone out there have tips for easing PMS without overdoing the pain meds and sleeping pills?

Katie from SLN asked this
July 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

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This is a fantastic question. When I was younger, I didn't really have any PMS symptoms that I noticed - my periods have always been super painful, but I didn't experience much in terms of PMS. But over the last year or two, I have definitely noticed a change - acting more sensitive, crying at the drop of a hat, generally feeling uncomfortable.

I imagine there has to be a way to ease the symptoms of PMS with dietary changes, but I really don't know. I would think it would be best to avoid greasy foods, since they make intestinal contractions and cramps worse.

Laura Hogg answered
July 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I think sometimes just letting ourselves cry is good, although I've noticed as I get older that I am less weepy and more irritable. Good times.

I was dealing with some really bad cramps after I went off the pill last year - I mean REALLY bad. Every 31 days it was 2 hours of terrible pain. A friend suggested a herbal product meant to balance women's general reproductive health. I've been taking it for about 2 and a half months, and haven't had nearly the trouble with cramps since!

Katie from SLN answered
July 13, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Ahh, good! Something to look forward to, I suppose :P

I am definitely going to have to check that out. Since it seems to be getting worse and worse over time, I'm not sure I can deal with it much longer!

Laura Hogg answered
July 14, 2011 at 8:02 AM
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