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What Is Premenstrual Syndrome?

A premenstrual syndrome is a condition that is accompanied by tender breasts, bloating, and muscle aches. This is condition normally happens to women who are expecting their menstrual periods. This condition is normal. But when the premenstrual syndrome or PMS affect your life every day, they affect your body and mood and changes the way the you act. Women normally get their premenstrual syndrome in their teens or early twenties.

Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome

The premenstrual syndrome is associated with the hormonal changes that the body undergoes during the menstrual cycles. Many doctors don’t know the cause as to why the severity of the symptoms vary from different women. Some of the leading causes of premenstrual syndrome are:
 
     a).Not getting enough vitamins, especially vitamin B6
     b).Not getting enough minerals like calcium and magnesium
     c).Stress
     d).Lack of exercise
     e).Too much caffeine in the body
   
The following symptoms affect the body, the mood, and the way women act in weeks or days prior to their menstrual cycle.
            
       a). Acne
       b).Bloating
       c).Tender breasts
       d).Food cravings
       e).Lack of energy
       f).Cramps
       g).Head aches
       h).Back pains
       i).Feeling of sadness, anger, or anxiousness
       j).Feeling less alert
       k).Difficulty in focusing when performing tasks
       l).Withdrawal from family and friends and introversion
      m).Hostile and forceful acting

These symptoms can vary from mild to strong and if these are severe you may be suffering from the premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD, which is a very rare case.
   
Prevention and Treatment

Treating premenstrual syndrome is easy. A change in lifestyle may provide immediate improvement. You can:
 
     a).Eat many healthy foods.
     b).Exercise daily or just at least 3 times a week.
     c).Take in vitamins and load on calcium and Vitamin B6.
     d).back on foods that cause the symptoms like coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and too much salt.
     e).Try aspirin, ibuprofen, or anti inflammatory medicine if you are feeling any pain.
   
You can feel more at ease and healthy again after your menstrual cycle. You are relieved from the symptoms. But if you do not feel any relief, it is best to discuss the matter with your doctor. He or she can give you a diagnosis and treatment for your premenstrual syndrome problems like the bloating and acne part. Some drugs are also given for severe premenstrual syndrome symptoms. There are some drugs that make women feel better after taking just low doses a few days before and during their menstrual cycles. A drug that can relieve both emotional and physical symptoms is the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Another one is for moderate and severe symptoms and this is a type of birth control pill is usually sold as YAZ and Yasmin. If you are taking these medicines for your premenstrual syndrome, it is best to talk to your doctors and consult them first before taking any medication on your own.

About Author
Orlando Women’s Center Second, And Late Term Abortions Clinic. Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Abortion Clinics in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women. Orlando Women’s Center Second, And Late Term Abortions Clinic.

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