How can premenstrual syndrome be treated?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the term used to describe the periodic recurrence of symptoms that begin a few days before menstruation, vary in severity and impact, and disappear shortly thereafter. It affects 30-40% of women of reproductive age and, although it can be quite uncomfortable on rare occasions, it is usually tolerable. We explain how to detect it and what you can do now to reduce its influence on your life. 

What are the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome? 

There are more than 150 symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome; the following are some of the most frequent: 

  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (bloating, discomfort, twinges, gas, etc.). 
  • Headaches (moderate, severe, migraine with aura, etc.). 
  • Chest pain (tension, swelling, sensitivity to touch, pain, etc.). 
  • Behavioral disturbances (sadness, clumsiness, sensitivity to environmental factors, etc.). 

Observation is the key to determining whether or not you have premenstrual syndrome: do the symptoms appear 7 to 10 days before your period? During the course of the cycle, do you experience these symptoms for at least a week? Do the symptoms reappear before each menses as the months go by? If so, you can say that your premenstrual syndrome includes these symptoms.

How can I manage premenstrual symptoms? 

For one thing, there are over-the-counter remedies that can help you treat specific symptoms, such as ibuprofen for pain, a particular remedy for migraine, simethicone for flatulence, etc. There are also natural remedies to control symptoms; however, not everything is oral. According to the Holief's site, frequent exercise, limiting coffee consumption or other relaxing methods have been found to better control symptoms. 

What organic remedies are effective for PMS? 

The following natural remedies have been researched for their ability to reduce PMS:

  • Saffron (Crocus sativus): studies have indicated that taking saffron extract every day, rather than using it as a seasoning, can reduce PMS symptoms even during the first cycle of use. 
  • Chasteberry (Vitex agno-casto): It has been shown to be effective in reducing PMS symptoms and regulating irregular cycles. There are now pms gummies available to help alleviate these symptoms.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): Some chamomile extracts, as well as mefenamic acid, have been shown to reduce PMS symptoms.

Tips for women's health and happiness

Beyond not getting sick, eating vegetables or exercising three times a week, being healthy and experiencing wellness involves much more. Maximizing human potential and taking into account daily routines by always adapting them to our interests and preferences in terms of food, exercise, sleep and personal hygiene are part of wellness. 

1. Food 

We are what we eat, but there is no better way to describe the effect that a healthy diet has on our wellbeing, as it ensures that the body receives the nutrients it needs for optimal performance, reducing the risk of diseases and risks related to conditions such as obesity, overweight and diabetes.

2. Decrease alcohol consumption 

According to WHO statistics, 3 million deaths occur each year worldwide as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. And these drinks have been shown to have negative effects on the body's health; in fact, alcohol has been linked to some 200 diseases and has been implicated in the development of mental and behavioral problems. 

That said, we're not asking you to stop drinking alcohol altogether; rather, we're asking you to reduce the frequency with which you drink.

3. Quit smoking

Expert warnings about smoking are many and very serious. Smoking has been linked to a wide range of diseases, from minor ailments to cancer. 

Moreover, smoking affects not only you, but also the people you live with on a daily basis, as they become passive smokers by inhaling cigarette smoke, which is detrimental to their health.

4. Exercise

Sport is one of the bases of a healthy lifestyle. And it is not necessary to devise an exhaustive regimen for exercise; nonetheless, physical exercise, such as a daily 30-minute walk, may be done by anybody and has been related to a range of health advantages, such as:

  • Maintaining proper weight. 
  • Keeping blood sugar under control.
  • Decreases the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease.
  • Positively influences the quality of sleep.

5. Maintain a clean appearance 

Since microorganisms can spread disease, it is essential to practice good personal and household hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, shower regularly and have a clean environment. 

6. Be mindful of your mental health 

We advise you to treat your body and mind equally, because mental and physical health are closely related and directly dependent on each other.