So the craving start, you unexplainably have the urge to eat a macro cheesecake and you go get it, and true to form you ate the cheesecake and another craving soon arrives, you then find yourself very sensitive about stuff that really on a normal day won’t matter. Bucket of tears can be found if you have a falling out with someone and worst case scenario an enemy is made. However you clearly have no control over these feeling unless you’re aware of them. Some at this point may probably wonder where I’m going with this, it simple I’m speaking about that period before you menstruate every month i once heard someone refer to it ” as the claw”.
The medical term is called premenstrual syndrome better known as PMS for short which is known to be the period where a wide variety of symptoms occur, such as mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. However It’s estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.
Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may vary from just slightly noticeable all the way to intense (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2017).
Now I’ve heard about PMS but never actual experience it until now, I would find myself very irritable and moody at times, having big disagreements over small things or pending problems, and before you know it in a few day my period is here. I did some research and oh boy found loads of information concerning this syndrome.
Firstly theirs no cure for PMS but with a few modifications to one’s lifestyles it can improve and relieve some of the symptoms you may experience during that period.
A balance diet is necessary as it provides the nutritional value that the body needs in the correct proportions. However with PMS it’s advisable Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the week before your period. As it improves not only improves your overall health but mood, healthy body healthy mind. Avoid salt-heavy diet which can cause bloating, caffeine that aggravate irritability or anxiety, alcohol which worsen depression, and too much sugar can destabilize your blood sugar and mood. So in essence don’t give into the cheesecake craving.
a balance diet don’t give into cravings
Exercise which goes hand in hand with a balance diet can also help as it promotes circulation throughout the body which relieves stress and anxiety. Even though you may not have the energy, this is probably when it is most important to exercise. Choose a couple of exercises you enjoy.
exercise keeps you stress free
Trying herbal remedies which are understudied and unregulated when compared to prescription drugs, but there are some that may be effective in relieving PMS symptoms like cramping and mood swings such as, black cohosh, chasteberry, evening primrose oil, ginger, raspberry leaf, dandelion, or natural progesterone creams to name a few.
Try relaxation methods as it helps relieve stress. It is important that ample amount of rest and is acquired simply by getting as much sleep as you think you need so that sleep deprivation doesn’t ratchet up symptoms. Also make a conscious effort to reduce your stress level for example, deep breathing, massage, meditation, or yoga, which can soothe the mind and body. Basically do what works for you .
For women who have PMS-related pain such as cramping, breast tenderness, backaches, or headaches, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) can provide some relief. These include ibuprofen (Advil and similar drugs) panadol and naproxen (Aleve) to name a few.
Try vitamins although there’s not much hard evidence to prove that these supplements work. It still worth the try as the foods we eat may not provide our total nutritional value needed by the body. Some possible vitamins are as follows: Calcium: 1,200 milligrams, Magnesium: 400 mg, Vitamin B6: 50 to 100 mg, Vitamin E: 400 international units
And finally in worst case scenario try Antidepressants which are often effective at reducing PMS symptoms, especially depression, anxiety, irritability, and other mood changes. In particular, studies have found that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) make a significant difference, although these drugs work better for women who take them regularly instead of just during part of their menstrual cycles. Other medications to discuss with your doctor are oral contraceptives, which can reduce PMS symptoms for some women.
PMS is real and as men in relationships it’s important that you familiarize yourself with this symptom to better cope with your partner.
STAY TUNE PART TWO IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER where we will discuss the man’s roles in dealing with premenstrual syndrome.
10 Ways to Get Rid of PMS (2017) Health Media Ventures, Inc. Retrieved from. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20461504,00.html#chart-your-symptoms-0.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (2017) Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premenstrual-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20020003.