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Three letters: how to win the war against PMS

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he does not turn us into another person, does not calm and balanced lady with a storm of passions and emotions.

PMS combines a number of symptoms that appear several days before menstruation. This includes both physiological and psychological ailments: pain, bloating, migraine, mood swings, tearfulness, anxiety, depressed thoughts… this List is endless, because each PMS is manifested individually. Someone exacerbated chronic illnesses, such as epilepsy or asthma.

The most “painful” phase of the cycle is called the luteal phase. With the beginning of menstruation symptoms subside (or are replaced by others).

PMS is a diagnosis

There are actually all not so is simple. None of the modern methods of research can not confidently determine the woman has PMS or not. None of the most detailed gynecological examination does not help to answer this question, only feeling women.

And all the minor ailments that are seen in 80-95% of women still do not give reason to state that the patient has experienced a tremendous PMS — they can be just a feature of the body. In order for the doctor to diagnose PMS, that is considered your ailments like disease, symptoms must interfere with your daily life. So, you are faced with this disease if:

  • you feel exhausted and broken due to poor health;
  • the symptoms recur every time before menstruation;
  • the first symptoms appear in the 20s, with the age increase;
  • ailment ends with the beginning of menstruation.

About 20-30% of women experiencing PMS or moderate. But if the symptoms become unbearable, the diagnosis will be different: PMDD — premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which occurs in 3-8% of women.

There is also another diagnosis of premenstrual depression, which in some women is accompanied by suicidal feelings that can be really dangerous.

The causes of PMS are still not known. Maybe it’s the heightened sensitivity to hormonal changes and may be to blame for neurological reasons. Because hormonal changes occur in the body of all women but PMS is observed far not every.


In rare cases, PMS requires medical intervention — if the condition truly prevents you to live. In other cases, you will help these simple techniques:

  • exercises. Physical activity elevates mood due to the endorphins. In addition, movement will help you to cope with pain and bloating. Take a walk in the Park, go for a run, ride a bike or proplyne a couple of pools;
  • small, frequent meals. Instead of two or three hearty meals give preference to a several snacks. The fact that a heavy lunch with a high level of carbohydrates will force to jump up your blood sugar level, and this may worsen the discomfort;
  • give up caffeine, alcohol and sweets. For coffee you can feel great anxiety, alcohol works as a depressant, and sweet drinks will drastically change the level of sugar in your blood;
  • calcium. In 2009, a clinical double-blind study showed that those women who Supplement their diet with 500 mg of calcium twice a day, much less susceptible to depression and fatigue during PMS. So eat plenty of almonds, soy, bananas and pumpkin or sesame seeds.

It’s those small steps that will help you keep yourself in good shape, despite the discomfort. If you feel that this is not enough, go to the doctor.

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