Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the symptoms a woman may experience a few days prior to her menstrual period. It’s estimated that three out of four women have had symptoms of premenstrual syndrome at some point during their life, such as bloating, mood swings, cramps, and headaches. While PMS symptoms often manifest in a relatively expected sequence, they may vary regarding intensity. The good news is that treatments and lifestyle changes can help you mediate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Although there is a wide range of PMS symptoms, most women only endure a few of these issues during their lifetime.
In some cases, PMS symptoms can be intense enough to impact a woman’s daily life. But no matter how severe the symptoms may be, they tend to fade within three to four days after the beginning of a woman’s menstrual period.
If you have been struggling to mediate your symptoms of premenstrual syndrome through lifestyle adjustments, or if the symptoms are impacting your health and daily life, reach out to your physician; he or she can provide treatment options to help you manage the condition.
Sometimes the best means of reducing the negative effects of PMS symptoms is simply making a few key adjustments in the way you live your life. The following changes may help mediate or alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome:
While lifestyle adjustments can be effective in reducing PMS symptoms, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatment options, depending on the intensity of your symptoms.