Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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The Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) recurrent cluster of symptoms, 7-14 days before the onset of menses and usually subside when menstruation occurs. Some women have Dysmenorrhea, which is painful menstruation. This can often be helped by same approaches that treat PMS in general. Approximately one-third of all premenopausal women are affected by Dysmenorrhea, especially women between the ages of 25-40. In about 10% cases the syndrome may be recurrent and severe.

 

Symptoms of PMS Include:

  • Emotional - depression and anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal - abdominal bloating, etc
  • Reproductive Tissue - breast tenderness/swelling, uterine cramps
  • Other Physical Manifestations - headache, backache, other manifestations

   

Causative Factors

Common finding show elevated estrogen to progesterone ratio 5-10 days prior to menstruation. This imbalance upsets many internal functions giving rise to these symptoms.

 

Medical Treatment (none of these should be used first):

  • Oral contraceptives to override a woman’s own hormone secretion cycle
  • Other hormones to block normal cycles
  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Diuretic drug to wash out fluid and sodium
  • Pain Killers and muscle relaxants for breast tenderness and menstrual cramps

 

In most cases PMS can be managed with the correct, nutrition, lifestyle and supplementation approach which can be found in Dr. Meschino's The Natural Management of PMS: an eGuide for Women eGuide FREE download provided above on this page.

 

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