PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome is the effects your bodies go through in the build-up to your period, it can affect many people in different ways. PMS is believed to be caused by fluctuations of serotonin. As many as 90% of women have said that they experience some PMS symptoms which can vary from woman to woman
The most common symptoms of PMS include:
- Mood swings
- Feeling anxious, upset or irritable
- Bloating or stomach pains
- Tenderness of the breasts
- Headaches and nausea
- Spotty skin and greasy hair
- Changes in appetite
PMS is a major inconvenience to many people’s lives and can be very painful for some women whilst at the same can make women have very low self-esteem and some cases irrational thoughts.
As PMS is related to hormonal changes in the body, it is difficult to completely cure PMS symptoms but fortunately, some solutions can help to reduce or relieve many of the symptoms of PMS, such as:
- Take painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol to help relieve headaches and tummy pains.
- Eating a healthy diet can help to reduce bloating and avoiding processed foods can help to keep mood swings to a minimum.
- Doing regular exercise relieves pain and boosts your mood.
- Practice yoga, mindfulness or meditation can relieve stress.
- Monitor your period and symptoms each month so you know that mood changes are linked to your period and can reduce anxiety.
- Avoiding alcohol can reduce the severity of your mood swings or anxiety.
- Getting an adequate amount of sleep can reduce fatigue and help boost mental health.
Keeping a diary of your symptoms can help you to explain the symptoms and their severity throughout your menstrual cycle. You can visit the NHS website for advice on whether or not you should book an appointment with your doctor about your PMS symptoms.
You can also help to relieve stress in the lead-up to your period by being well-prepared, so you do not have any unexpected leaks. Using a menstrual cycle tracking app can be useful to predict your period start date if you have regular periods
Can my GP help with my PMS?
Yes, in many cases where PMS is causing a large amount of discomfort or feelings of depression, your GP should be able to help. Your GP may prescribe anti-anxiety medication or diuretics to reduce bloating. Your GP will assess the benefits and risks of prescribing medicine like antidepressants, so it is a good idea to discuss your symptoms in as much detail as possible.
Relieve stress even further by wearing leakproof period underwear from Imaara to provide extra protection from leaks to relieve anxiety during the build-up to your period.
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(Please note: we are not medical professionals and if you have read something you are concerned about today please contact your doctor or a healthcare professional for medical advice.)