Managing PMS

PMS affects up to 90 per cent of women for anything from a few days to a few weeks before the commencement of menstruation.

Herald Sun
Australia

Dr Cindy Pan and Leah Hechtman

August 16, 2009 12:00am

The severity of symptoms varies widely, as does the nature of symptoms, with more than 150 symptoms recognised. Common symptoms include emotional changes such as irritability, anxiety, mood swings, aggression, depression, poor concentration and low libido.

Physical symptoms include bloating, fatigue, sleep disturbance, headaches, breast soreness, exacerbation of acne, clumsiness and craving sweets. For those for whom symptoms are mild, no treatment may be required. For those who suffer more intense symptoms, there are several options that may help.

Work with your doctor to tailor an approach that suits you. Simple measures such as a tailored exercise program, quitting smoking, cutting down on excessive caffeine, alcohol or salt intake and optimising your sleep routine can help.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.