Way to overcome PMS woes
: I AM a 42-year-old woman who have been suffering from premenstrual
syndrome for many years. Lately, it has gotten more serious. One week before
the menstrual period, I suffer from tender breasts, bloated stomach,
giddiness, thirst, less appetite and fatigue. What is the main cause of
these problems? How do I prevent them from happening monthly?
Answer : PMS is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms
associated with the menstrual cycle. Symptoms typically appear in the week
before menstruation begins and disappear as soon as it starts.
Although most women experience some physical and emotional changes during
their pre-menstrual phase, only about 40 per cent have symptoms that require
treatment. The problem is classified as severe for 10 per cent of the cases.
The main cause of PMS is hormonal imbalance. The two main sex hormones
are oestrogen and progesterone, both of which are made in the ovaries. They
control various changes in your body, including those in the uterus during
the menstrual cycle and may affect your physical and mental health.
Eat wisely, as an improper diet can aggravate PMS. Avoid foods high in
saturated fats. A diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains is
Increase fluid intake and avoid stimulants such as coffee, caffeine and
carbonated beverages. Abstain from alcohol.
You may supplement your diet with vitex and evening primrose oil in
combination for synergistic effect.
Evening primrose oil helps to regulate the sensitivity of target organs
to hormonal changes.
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) in evening primrose oil helps dampen the
hypersensitivity effects of body tissues towards normal levels of prolactin.
Working hand in hand with evening primrose oil, vitex helps to balance
the progesterone and oestrogen levels, thereby regulating the menstrual
cycle and alleviating pre-menstrual symptoms.
Calcium and magnesium are two important minerals in nerve impulse
conduction, especially if associated with headaches, menstrual cramps or
A study has shown that women who supplemented their diets with calcium
had an overall reduction of 48 per cent in severity of PMS symptoms.
Moderate exercise, preferably in the fresh air, may improve your
condition. Manage stress wisely through yoga, massage or other relaxation