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Pre menstrual syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome is common among women who are in their 30’s and above but it can also affect young girls as well. Women in 40’s are affected with it more severly.PMS is commonly referred to as both physical and emotional symptoms occur every month just before your period. Depending on your body type and age PMS symptoms can go from mild to severe. It is also known as premenstrual tension. If the symptoms are mild then you can carry on with your daily chores but if it is severe it will affect both your personal and professional life.
The symptom varies from women to women. Some of the common symptoms are acne, irritation, headache, tiredness, aggression, hot flushes, sweat, mood swings, anxiety, change in sleep pattern, food cravings etc. Normally these symptoms start to occur five days before your period. There is no particular test for PMS or it is not known what causes these symptoms.
How to reduce the effect of PMS on your life?
There is no particular treatment for PMS but you can control it by following certain steps. You should be ready to do several experiments before finding out which on works for you.
Keep PMS diary
This is a good idea because you can note down the days you feel anxious, irritable, aggressive, emotional etc. This will give you a fair idea on how long the symptom last and when to expect it. By doing this, the main benefit is that you can postpone the important things to some other day.
Read about it
Read as much as you can about it because that will help you understand what you are really going through.
Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
Try to reduce caffeine and alcohol intake. For some women caffeine and alcohol intake will worsen the symptoms. So try to avoid it and see the result.
For women who exercise regularly it says, PMS symptoms are less. So try to do some regular exercises. You need to do minimum 150mts of exercise during the week.
Try to reduce stress
Keep your stress level as low as you can. The less you stress, the less hormones will harm you.
Try to relax as much as you can. Try to sleep more and do something that you really enjoy.
Talk to your loved ones
It is good to talk to your partner or parents about. It is not only fair they will also understand you better of what you are going through.
Eat healthy and balanced diet
Which includes less saturated fat, less salt and sugar and more fruits and vegetables. The other thing you can also do is to intake small portions of meal during the day. The reduce intake of salt will reduce the bloated feeling and the tender breast you feel during your PMS.
Apart from this you can also try several pills or if it is too severe can opt for surgery as well. These are several ways where you reduce the effect of PMS.