How To Get Rid of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

By Subodh / October 12, 2011

Men often give women a hard time but they just don’t know what it is like to be a woman. Unfortunately, if you are a woman, life will be filled with two of life’s most difficult times, and that is labor and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). If you suffer from this and find your quality of life just disappears every month then you will be happy to know that you can get rid of PMS, and here’s a closer look at how.

How can you recognize PMS?

You have probably had your brother or your boyfriend accuse you of having PMS because you were moody or miserable, and while they may be joking in part, the number of women who actually suffer from PMS is greater than you think. Luckily for some they have mild, almost unnoticeable symptoms, while other women’s lives come to a standstill. The symptoms of PMS are essentially divided into two groups, and that is physical and psychological. So, in terms of the physical aspects you may find that you put on weight, feel bloated, and have abdominal pain and breast pain. When it comes to moods and emotions you may find that your moods swing very quickly for the tiniest reason, you may have trouble sleeping, get feelings of anxiety and even depression.

Sign and Symptoms

Getting Rid of Premenstrual Syndrome

1. Exercise

Exercise pops up everywhere and the reason for that is that it is good for you. It will help to relieve the tension of PMS and help you cope with your mood swings in a more acceptable way. By keeping your body healthy you will get more energy and feel more revitalized.

2. Eating Right

Healthy Diet

A balanced diet goes hand in hand with exercise, and while you may crave all sorts of things when you have PMS, don’t stray too far from the wholesome goodies. This will help keep your energy levels up and help relieve the bloating and weight gain

3. Destress

Music For Stress Management

Stress can have a remarkably negative effect on all aspects of your life and it can definitely make your PMS worse. When you feel overwhelmed you need to find a way to let out that tension. Aside from exercise you may go on a scenic walk, listen to music or read a book.

[ Read: How Music Reduces Stress ]

4. Medication

medication

There are some types of medications that will help relieve the symptoms of PMS because they work at the root of the problem. A more conservative approach would be the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, which works exceptionally well for the abdominal pain.

5. Consult a Doctor

female doctor

If you find that your PMS is so bad that you can’t function normally and your quality of life is just so bad, you should consult your doctor and get further treatment. There are a few ways that this can be done, and one of the best ways is hormonal therapy in the form of the combined oral contraceptive pill.

6. Aromatherapy

For relieving the tension that often accomplices PMS, try a relaxing aromatherapy bath. Add a few drops of lavender, geranium, clary sage, or German chamomile essential oils as the tub fills with warm water.

7. Herbal Therapy

Herbal Treatment For PMS

Herbalists recommend a variety of herbal remedies, including teas and a daily regimen of oils for controlling PMS symptoms.

Drink skullcap tea to reduce irritability and anxiety symptoms. Consult with a medical herbalist for instructions.

If you’re bothered by water retention, try dandelion tea. For an infusion, steep 1 tablespoon dried dandelion leaves or 2 tablespoons fresh in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain. Drink no more than 4 cups daily.

For cramping, try cramp bark tea. Simmer 2 teaspoons dried bark pieces in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes; strain. Drink 3 times a day when needed.

Evening primrose oil or black currant seed oil can help relieve breast tenderness and other PMS symptoms. Follow package directions, and take daily, even when you’re not experiencing problems.

8. Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic food

PMS in Ayurveda is classified and treated by three types: vata, pitta, and kapha. To correct vata PMS-which is characterized by moodiness, sleeplessness, and anxiety-Ayurvedic practitioners may suggest getting more rest, meditating, and eating comfort foods, such as stews. For pitta PMS-which is noted for irritability, rashes, and diarrhea-they may encourage meditating and avoiding caffeine and spicy, greasy foods. If you’re bothered by kapha PMS-which is distinguished by swollen breasts, weight gain, and lack of energy-practitioners might recommend exercising and eating more spicy foods and legumes. For all the doshas, they might advise a laxative to remove ama (wastes and impurities).

In addition, some Ayurvedic practitioners encourage the use of Ayurvedic herbs, such as dashamoola or kaishore guggulu.

9. Hydrotherapy

For a headache accompanying PMS place cool compresses on your forehead while soaking your feet in basin of hot water for 30 minutes.

If you’re bothered by mood swings, try soaking in a neutral (3lightly lower than body temperature) or lukewarm bath for 30 minutes. Replenish the water to maintain the temperature, as needed.