Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptom Relief
Premenstrual syndrome, connoted as PMS has several symptoms such as tender breasts, mood swings, body fatigue, depression, food cravings and irritability. It is estimated that 4 to 5 menstruating women experience various forms of premenstrual syndrome in their lifetime. These problems have tendencies to peak especially during 20s and 30s. Additionally, signs and symptoms can also have a predictable pattern. However, not all women have similar patterns of occurrence of the symptoms and their intensity. Some women may experience noticeable symptoms while other may not be noticeable. This is dependent of the health factors of the body. The common signs and symptoms accompanied with the premenstrual syndrome are as follows.
Behavioral and Emotional symptoms
Tension or anxiety
Frequent depressed moods
Changes in mood swings, irritability or anger
Changes of food and craving for food especially salty or sweet foods
Lack of sleep during the period
Poor interaction with friends and family members
Poor concentration and alertness during any session that requires attention
Physical symptoms and some signs
Muscle or joint pains
A lot of weight gain that is related to body fluid retention
Abdominal and stomach bloating
Breast tenderness and swelling
Skin or acne flare-ups
Diarrhea and constipation
Decreased desire for sex
Given the fact that the list of the PMS symptoms is very long, women with the PMS only experience few of them while other may not experience at all.
For some few women, emotional stress and the physical pain are usually very severe to disrupt their daily activities and routines. Despite of the severity, however, the symptoms normally disappear in most women when their menstrual period begins.
Few women with PMS usually experience disabling symptoms each month. This kind of PMS has been designated as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, commonly connoted as PMDD. This is a severe and chronic form of the premenstrual syndrome with its signs and symptoms such as feelings of hopelessness, severe depression, low self esteem, anxiety, anger, irritability, low concentration and tension. It should be noted that women with PMDD may have underlying psychiatric disorders and may require an immediate medical attention.
When to consult a doctor
If it is difficult to manage the premenstrual syndrome with the lifestyle changes and symptoms while the effects are seen through the health deterioration and changes in daily activities, it is good to consult a doctor for a conclusive check-up and prescribe possible medication before it is too late.