Before the start of a menstrual cycle, many women’s bodies go through some changes. For example, stomach cramps, mood swings, food cravings, constipation, or high-stress levels. Sometimes, these changes interfere with the daily routine and the person is unable to perform daily tasks.
For this reason, women should consult good doctors and supplement information by checking online sites, to clarify further doubts.
A Brief Explanation Of PMS
As you know, the menstrual cycle generally consists of 28 days. There are four phases that women go through during this cycle. Different hormones are produced in every phase of this cycle, and the body behaves according to those hormones.
These phases are:
The change of hormones in the luteal phase is the reason for physical and mental changes in women’s bodies. This results in premenstrual syndrome.
There is not any particular test for the diagnosis of PMS. Your doctor may ask you to keep a record of the symptoms you are facing at a particular time of the month. These symptoms usually include:
- Mood swings
There are many more symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Above mentioned are the general ones.
Who Gets PMS
Premenstrual syndrome is quite common and many women go through this issue. Every 3 in 4 women claims that they have experienced premenstrual syndrome at least once in their life. Though, women who are of childbearing age face a more severe premenstrual syndrome
Though, there are certain categories of women who usually have PMS. PMS occurs more in women who:
- Have a record of PPD( postpartum depression)
- They have a family record of depression
- Usually have high levels of stress
Useful Vitamins And Minerals In PMS
There are many treatments for relieving the symptoms of PMS. Many of them are home remedies and medicinal. Home remedies include: getting enough sleep, regular exercise, eating healthy, cutting off smoking, and intake of alcohol.
Other than this, research shows that some vital minerals and vitamins also play a big role in reducing PMS symptoms. These supplements include:
- Vitamin B6
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids ( omega-3 and omega-6)
However, before taking any supplements, you should talk to the doctor available and consult informative media such as the Holief blog.
There are herbal remedies also for this syndrome. Some women have claimed that the symptoms are soothed after the use of some herbal medicines like chaste berry, ginger, ginkgo, etc.
Though there is no history of safety and its effectiveness. The prime reason for this is, herbal medicines are not regulated by (FDA) The Food and Drug Administration.
Indeed, PMS is a tough phase to handle. Though, many women treat it or at least relieve it through many lifestyle changes. Though, if you are facing serious symptoms, you should not rely on home remedies and consult the doctor.
Also, some health conditions look like premenstrual syndrome, which are: mood swings, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc. Your doctor might order tests for other health conditions.