Understand and track your menstruation
What are preventive treatments?
When you have PMS, your hormones are imbalanced and it feels like there’s nothing you can do about it but there are ways to manage them and to ease your discomfort.
Premenstrual syndrome: how can I relieve the symptoms?
The first thing you should do is change the way you perceive PMS symptoms. Don’t think of them as “annoying” but as a special reminder that you’re about to get your period, especially when your cycle is still irregular.
Get to know yourself: Keep a diary and use it to write down, day after day, how you feel physically and emotionally. This way, you can identify what helps you feel better… or worse.
- Can a special diet help?
A healthy diet can help you ease your discomfort and relieve some of your symptoms. Here are some useful tips:
- Drink plenty of water to flush the toxins from your body. This will help you get rid of PMS acne.
- Eat a lot of fruits for higher vitamin intake.
- Add dairy products to your diet to fuel you with energy and enhance your mood.
- Avoid sodas, chocolate and sweets as much as possible – they are high in fat and will make you feel more tired. You can satisfy your cravings with healthy snacks, like fruit yogurt.
- Do not eat large meals at once. Try to eat smaller portions, 5 times a day, to help reduce bloating.
- Go easy on salt to prevent fluid retention.
- How about exercising?
Exercising eases tension, reduces stress levels and allows you to sleep better but most importantly, it helps your body release endorphins or “happy hormones”.
Exercising shouldn’t be exhausting, though. Ideally, you should workout for an average of 20 minutes a day, and choose mild activities such as walking, cycling, swimming or Pilates.
Premenstrual syndrome: what are the best treatments?
You could also try natural medicines such as your grandmother’s herbal remedies to relieve pain and constipation.
Food supplements such as Vitamin D, magnesium and calcium help to regulate your hormonal functions, boost your energy and regulate your sleep patterns be sure to ask your doctor for guidance.
If you’re feeling down, don’t hesitate to confide in someone you trust. Emotional support is extremely important to help you get through these hard times, however, if the symptoms are severe, you should talk to your doctor who can prescribe treatments such as anti-prostaglandins that help alleviate the pain, and check for any signs of a possible disorder.