Premenstrual syndrome treatment is the treatment of set of symptoms in females that occur in first half of their menstrual cycle. Premenstrual Syndrome treatment is the treatment of combination of emotional, physical, psychological and mood disturbances that occurs after a woman’s ovulation, typically ending with the onset of her menstrual flow. OR Premenstrual syndrome treatment is the treatment of combination of symptoms that several women experience about a week or two before their period. It is estimated that as many as 3 out of 4 menstruating women had experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome. Premenstrual Syndrome also known as PMS stands for “Pre” that means before and “menstrual” refers to the menstrual cycles or periods.
This write-up aims to explain meaning, causes of PMS, symptoms, dietary changes, changes in lifestyle and premenstrual syndrome treatment.
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This article will enable YOU to know:
- The definition of premenstrual syndrome.
- What causes premenstrual syndrome.
- The medical conditions that resembles Premenstrual syndrome.
- Various signs or symptoms of Premenstrual syndrome.
- Similarities between Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and pregnancy symptoms.
- Diets that can assist you in managing premenstrual syndrome.
- Lifestyle changes that can improve your health conditions and
- Premenstrual syndrome treatment.
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PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME CAUSES
The exact causes of Premenstrual Syndrome is not known but different factors may contribute it, like:
- Depression or anxiety.
- Chemical changes in the brain.
- Emotional problems.
- Poor diet.
- Hormonal changes and imbalances.
- Thyroid problems.
- Lack of exercise (inactivity).
- Environmental toxins.
- Low vitamins and mineral levels.
- Eating foods that contains too much salt (sodium) that can result in fluid retention and bloating.
- Drinking of caffeine and alcohol that may alter YOUR mood and energy levels.
The Medical Conditions That Mimic Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).They are:
- Chronic fatigue (tiredness).
- Cyclic water retention (idiopathic edema).
- Hypothyroidism and
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
However, the Hallmark of the premenstrual syndrome diagnosis is that symptoms – free interval after the menstrual flow and prior to ovulation. Premenstrual syndrome treatment can be challenging sometimes as making the diagnosis. If there’s no such interval and symptoms continues throughout the cycle, then PMS may not be the proper diagnosis. PMS can still be present and worsen symptoms related to the other conditions that cannot be the major cause of constant or non – cyclic symptoms. Blood or other tests may be ordered by your doctor to help rule out the other potential causes of symptoms.
Another way to help make the diagnosis of Premenstrual syndrome is to prescribe drugs by your doctor that stop all ovarian function. If these medications produce relief of the troublesome symptoms, then premenstrual syndrome is most likely the diagnosis.
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME SYMPTOMS
Premenstrual syndrome symptoms tends to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with PMS may vary from just slightly noticeable all the way to intense. The list of potential signs and symptoms are many but most women only experience few of these problems. They include:
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Depressed mood.
- Crying spells.
- Social withdrawal.
- Tension or anxiety.
- Poor concentration.
- Insomnia (trouble falling asleep).
- Mood swings and irritability or anger.
- Change in libido.
- Appetite changes and food cravings.
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME PHYSICAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Joint or muscle ache.
- Fatigue (tiredness).
- Alcohol intolerance.
- Constipation or diarrhea.
- Breast tenderness.
- Abdominal bloating.
- Acne flare-ups.
- Weight gain related to fluid retention.
SYMPTOMS often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding (menstruation). Symptom pattern may change overtime. SYMPTOMS do not occur during pregnancy or following menopause.
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It typically occurs during the pre menstruation or menstruation. Menstrual psychosis symptoms include: confusion, hallucinations, mutism and stupor, delusion or manic state. Menstruation related psychotic usually begins 5 to 10 days before menstruation and end with the menstruation.
PREMENSTRUAL DYSPHORIC DISORDER (PMDD)
It is a more severe form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) that has greater psychological symptoms. PMDD have several symptoms that are similar with PMS but they tend to be much more intense and may make it hard for some people to function in every day Life.
According to some estimates between 3 and 8 % of women of reproductive age have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). The actual number may be higher, though because doctors may have misdiagnosed some people.
PMDD signs and symptoms are:
- Mood swings.
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Irritability and
However, if YOU are not able to manage your premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with lifestyle changes and symptoms are interfering with your health and day to day activities consult your doctor.
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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Versus Pregnancy Symptoms
For certain women, the symptoms of PMS may be similar to those of early pregnancy, although this is highly individual. Many women do not experience symptoms in early pregnancy, while others may report breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue and mood swings.
These symptoms can be for some women, similar to the symptoms of PMS or similar to the changes in their body they experience prior to the menstrual period. Unfortunately for women wondering whether certain symptoms are as a result of PMS or early pregnancy, the only definitive answer comes with the arrival of the menstrual period or a positive pregnancy test.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution…
Dietary Changes and Lifestyles Changes
Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment: Dietary Changes are:
1. Consumption of leafy green vegetables:They have diuretic effect, good sources of calcium, magnesium as well as Vitamin K, that aids in getting rid of period cramps.
2. Consume foods that are rich in fiber: Fiber assist in the maintenance of proper hormone balance by binding to estrogen and passing it out of the body. Premenstrual syndrome cause gastro-intestinal disturbances. Eating fiber rich foods will assist you a lot. They include: Tomatoes, Avocados, Apples, Figs, Strawberry, Okra, Spinach, Carrots, Almonds.
3. Drink lot of water to keep your body hydrated, reduce bloating and aid in digestion process.
4. Calcium rich foods: Eating and drinking foods that contains calcium daily will help your PMS symptoms such as irritability, mood swings and headaches. Calcium rich foods are: milk, cheese, yogurt, sardines, dried figs, almonds, orange, kale, okra, chia seeds, white beans.
4. Magnesium rich foods: Magnesium produces energy, regulates blood sugar and chemical reaction in the body. Your heart, muscles and kidneys need magnesium to function optimally. Magnesium rich foods are: spinach, whole wheat, groundnut (peanut), avocado, cashew, quinoa.
5. Instead of 3 large meals per day, eat 6 meals that are small that will keep your blood sugar levels that will provide you with energy that lasts.
6. Limit consumption of foods that are high in salt, hydrogenated oil, refined carbohydrates, and sugar.
7. Reduce the amount of caffeine that you eat or drink such as: coffee, soda, and chocolate. Doing this may help you feel less tense and may also ease irritability and breast soreness.
8. Avoid fried foods.
9. Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acid:Omega-3 fatty acid help to reduce inflammation that worsens PMS symptoms such as walnut, salmon, sardines, tuna.
10. Avoid Alcohol : Alcohol consumption worsens premenstrual syndrome symptoms and may also increase the risk for prolonged cramping during menstruation.
And on top of that…
Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment: Lifestyle Changes
- Exercise your body for at least 30 minutes every day, 4 to 6 times a week.
- Always schedule events that you think can be stressful during the week after your period.
- Avoid prolonged daytime naps.
- Maintain a regular schedule when it comes to meal, bedtime and exercise.
- Aim to sleep 7 to 9 hours at night.
- Turn off radio, television and computer at least 1 hour before bedtime.
Practicing the rule pertaining to dietary changes, lifestyle changes and taking your medication in the 7 to 10 days before your menstrual period will provide room for an easier cycle with little stress and assist in premenstrual syndrome treatment.
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Do consult YOUR doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use NATURAL TREATMENTS as an adjunct treatment.
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME TREATMENT
1. SESAME SEEDS / BENNI SEEDS (Doo in Jukun Igogo in Igala, Igorigo in Ebira Ocha in Idoma, Isasa in Igbo; Ekuku gogoro in Yoruba; lshwa in Tiv; Ridi in Hausa) It contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and muscle spasms that is associated with Premenstrual Syndrome. It very effective in Premenstrual syndrome treatment.
Roast 1 to 2 tablespoon(s) of Sesame or Benni seeds and eat.
Or: You may sprinkle the roasted Sesame or Benniseeds in smoothies or salads.
Or: Soak 1 or 2 tablespoon(s) of Sesame seeds in 150 ml cup of water for 7 to 8 hours. Chew the seeds and drink water upon it. Do it once daily for premenstrual syndrome treatment.
2. MACA (Baka, Isu baka in Yoruba) Take 1 tablespoon of Maca powder with water once a day.
3. GINKGO BILOBA (Ginkgo in English; Ewee obi gbo gbo nise in Yoruba) Put 1 tablespoon of Ginkgo Bilola powder in 250 ml hot water. Stir it thoroughly. When it is lukewarm strain and drink. Do it 2 times a day.
4. CHAMOMILE: Boil 2 tablespoons of Chamomile flowers in 300 ml cup of water for 10 minutes. When it is lukewarm sip slowly. Drink once a day before bedtime for premenstrual syndrome treatment.
5. GINGER (Chitta in Hausa, Atale in Yoruba, Jinja in Igbo) Put half tablespoon of Ginger in 250 ml cup of hot water. Strain and drink when it is cool. Do it twice daily.
Or: You may chew some Ginger and drink water upon it.
6. CASTOR OIL : Contains anti-inflammatory properties and promotes circulation. Apply topically 1 to 2 tablespoon(s) of Castor Oil on your stomach and massage gently with your fingers for 7 to 10 minutes.
7. LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL: It helps in the reduction of irritability, insomnia, anxiety and depression associated with Premenstrual Syndrome. These make it helpful in premenstrual syndrome treatment. Mix 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil with 8 drop of Lavender Essential Oil. Apply it by massaging it over your lower abdomen and back back of your neck gently.
8. SOLANUM NIGRUM (Blacknight shade in English; Ewe Egunmon, Ogunmom in Yoruba; Gautan kaji in Hausa; Anyana nnya in Efik; Ugum akpe in Igbo; Iblue in Urhobo) Obtain the fresh leaves of Blacknight shade. Wash them thoroughly with clean water. Cut them in to slices. Take as salad.
9. YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL : It contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce Premenstrual Syndrome and sedative properties that relaxes your body and promote quality sleep. Blend 8 drops of Ylang-ylang Essential Oil with 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil. Apply it on your temple, behind your ears and your lower abdomen. Gently massage for 3 to 5 minutes. Do it twice daily for premenstrual syndrome treatment.
10. THYME: It aids in the treatments of menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome in women. Prepare tea infusion of either fresh or dried thyme. Drink 300 ml two times a day.
11. BLACK PEPPER (Ata iyere in Yoruba; Masooroo in Hausa; Uziza in Igbo) It helps to relieve the symptoms of female hormonal imbalances such as irritability, depression, mood swings and other symptoms that are associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
(a) Include Black Pepper in your diet.
(b) Prepare tea infusion of Black Pepper leaves. Drink 200 ml two times a day.
Take it on an empty stomach in the morning before breakfast. After the dissapearance of PMS symptoms. Take it for 3 to 4 months and stop.
12. FENUGREEK SEEDS (Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Ukpo Idooma in Idoma; Hulba in Hausa; Kerenkeren in Igbo) Due to it estrogen – like properties, increases libido, reduces the effect of hot flashes and mood flunctuation that are common symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome. Soak 1 tablespoon of dried Fenugreek seeds in 150 ml cup of water for 7 to 8 hours. Chew the seeds and drink the water upon it. Do it two times a day.
13. OCCIMUM GRATISSIMUM (Basil leaf; Scent leaf in English; Ira, Ufuo-yibo in Urhobo; Aromogbo, Esewon in Edo; Daddoya in Hausa; Arigbe, Nchuanwu in Igbo; Ewe Effinrin in Yoruba; Ayeneba in Idoma; Kunguleko in Tiv) It prevents gastro-intestinal disorders such as constipation and Irritable Bowel Movements (IBS) and reduce the pain associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Prepare tea decoction of fresh scent leaves. Drink 250 ml three times a day.
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