Pre menstrual syndrome or PMS as it is commonly referred is a condition that most women experience prior to menstruation. It generally occurs at the time of ovulation and persists till the beginning of menstrual flow. The cause of PMS cannot be determined, but most symptoms suggest that it could be due to hormonal fluctuations that take place at the time of ovulation.
The most common symptoms of PMS are related to physical, psychological and emotional condition of women. The severity of PMS differs from person to person.
Women May Suffer From:
A woman goes through depression at the time of PMS. She may suffer from crying bouts or become irritable and might snap at anyone without any reason.
At the time of PMS sudden changes in mood from high to low or vice versa may take place. It affects the social behavior of a person. She may not feel like meeting people while going through pre menstrual syndrome.
Sleep disorder is quite common during pre menstrual syndrome. A feeling of restlessness may prevail before the onset of menstrual flow.
Change In Appetite
Women may feel very hungry or loose appetite altogether. This can cause digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhea. Water retention may cause bloating and weight gain at the time of PMS.
Common Physical Symptoms Of PMS Are:
1. Pain in joints or body stiffness
2. Tenderness in breasts
3. Feeling tired all the time
4. Sudden attacks of migraine
5. Acne may appear on face or on other parts of body
It is not necessary for every woman to experience all the above mentioned symptoms. In some women only one of these signs are noticed while others may suffer from more than one symptom.
Remedies For PMS
PMS can be easily tackled with proper diet, exercise and by maintaining a positive attitude.
Eat banana, yogurt and walnuts to reduce water retention, depression and to regulate hormonal imbalance. Banana is a rich source of potassium and vitamin B6. Yogurt is rich in calcium and B complex and walnuts provides magnesium. Drink warm milk before going to sleep to prevent insomnia. Warm milk acts as a tranquilizer and also gives relief from fatigue and body aches.
Eat green leafy vegetables like spinach, fresh fenugreek and cabbage. Add them to the soup. These are rich in iron and minerals. They help to prevent depression, keep migraine at bay and boosts energy. Avoid caffeinated drinks as they cause insomnia and increase anxiety. Without enough sleep you tend to become irritable.
Physical activity is must for managing PMS. The best way to deal with PMS is to indulge in aerobic exercises such as jogging, swimming, cycling, skipping etc. These activities stimulate blood circulation, strengthen the heart and increase stamina. They help to reduce water retention and bloating and tones up the muscles.
Exercise helps you to sleep better and keeps depression away. Keep a positive attitude by meditation and yoga breathing exercises. It will boost your self esteem and help you get over social withdrawal during PMS.