For the majority of women who suffer form PMS, the most common symptoms are mood swings and irritability, breast tenderness as well as headaches and nausea. For the majority of females, who are relatively lucky, the symptoms tend to be very mild and in some cases so mild that the symptoms are almost unnoticeable.

However, this is a small percentage of women that suffer from severe symptoms to the extent that the pain, moods swings and nausea affect their ability to work or relate to others.

Common PMS Symptoms

Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms of PMS?

  • bloating
  • tummy pain
  • joint and/or muscle pain;
  • headaches
  • chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • acne
  • hot flashes
  • tender breasts
  • food and alcohol cravings
  • weight gain
  • general weakness
  • mood swings
  • Irritability
  • stress anxiety or depression that leads to insomnia
  • decreased libido
  • weepiness
  • poor concentration (foggy brain)

While most who suffer PMS find that the physical symptoms of the condition are relatively mild, the psychological side of suffering is not always quite so easy. For example, some women will change to such an extent that they become almost like a completely different person. The condition is very real but also misunderstood and made fun of by those around them, when it is physically anguishing and emotionally hard on the sufferer. Furthermore, the distractibility associated with PMS also means that many women are considerably more likely to suffer accidents when suffering from PMS.

Many women will resort to taking prescriptions non-prescription drugs to help them get over the worst ravages of PMS. Turning to drugs should never be the first option, because even non-prescription drugs have been known to have serious adverse side-effects that complicate the PMS issues even more such as causing rebound headaches, drug dependency, dopiness, insomnia and increasing irritability.

Natural Solutions for PMS

Naturopathic medicine has several solutions for helping you manage the symptoms of PMS including –

  • Adding Omega 3 oils by adding certain foods to your diet to control the production of eicosanoids which are chemicals released in the body at the time of PMS
  • Reducing your sugar intake to reduce mood swings, mental fogginess and weight gain
  • Reducing caffeine, soft drinks and sugar to help eliminate acne, irritability and bloat
  • Reducing your sodium intake to reduce weight gain and bloat as sodium overload causes your tissues to retain water
  • Increasing your uptake of B vitamins and especially B6 to help deal with mental fogginess, moody and other PMS symptoms
  • Taking certain herbs in the form of teas or extract such as fennel, chamomile, dandelion that can act as diuretics to help you eliminate excess fluids from your body
  • Taking bio identical hormones to help alleviate symptoms, particularly if you are also nearing peri-menopause or menopause
  • Suggesting general lifestyle changes, diet changes and exercise to combat the worst systems of PMS is part of naturopathic consultation.

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