Pre menstrual syndrome (PMS) is the term given to the symptoms experienced in the lead up to a woman's period due to the changes in hormone levels in the body.
The most common symptoms of PMS are:
bloating and abdominal pain
feeling sad or anxious
changes in appetite
changes in sex drive
It can be really challenging when you experience PMS symptoms each month due to the lack of energy, tiredness and generally not feeling yourself.
How can I manage my PMS myself?
It can help to eat healthy light meals and exercise to boost your feel good hormones. Exercise may also help lower your stress levels, along with meditation, breathing exercises and even a hot bath. You can take paracetamol to help ease your physical symptoms such as headaches.
It is best to avoid smoking and alcohol as they can impact your hormone levels.
Can my PMS be treated by a professional?
It is possible to control some of your PMS symptoms by taking hormonal birth control to regulate your hormones, as well as taking vitamin supplements such as vitamin B6, Vitamin D and calcium.
However, if you still experience symptoms after taking any of the above or your symptoms are severe, it is best to get checked out by a Consultant Gynaecologist to rule out any underlying issue.
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