PMS

PMS solutions from The Devon Clinic CIC

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the name given to the physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman’s monthly period. It is also known as premenstrual tension (PMT).

Effective PMS treatments from The Devon Clinic :

 

Reflexology

Physiotherapy

Bowen Technique

Indian Head Massage

Personal Trainer

Reiki

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Aromatherapy

Hypnotherapy

the new devon clinic is pleased to offer PMS treatments from the following local practitioner(s):

 Chris Fleet (Dip.Hyp. Adv D. hyp, GQHP) at New Devon Clinic

Chris Fleet (Dip.Hyp. Adv D. hyp, GQHP)

Michael Potter at New Devon Clinic

Michael Potter

More About PMS

There are many different symptoms of PMS, but typical examples are fluid retention, breast tenderness, mood swings, feeling irritable, and loss of interest in sex. These symptoms usually improve when the woman’s period starts, and they disappear a few days afterwards.

A small number of women find that their symptoms are severe enough to stop them living their normal lives. This is due to a more intense type of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Nearly all women of child-bearing age have some premenstrual symptoms, but those between their late 20s and early 40s are most likely to experience PMS.

The exact cause of PMS is not fully understood. However, it is thought to be linked to the changing levels of hormones in the body during a woman’s menstrual cycle.

There is no cure for PMS, but there are treatments and changes that women can make to help them manage their symptoms.

PMS usually improves after the menopause.

There are many different symptoms of PMS and they can vary from person to person. Most women only experience a few symptoms each month, but these may differ over time.

For example, you may find that you have similar symptoms every month but they vary in intensity. Or you may have slightly different symptoms every few months. PMS tends to be different for every woman.

The symptoms of PMS usually happen at the same time in your menstrual cycle each month, which can be up to two weeks before your period starts. They usually improve once your period has started, and then disappear until your cycle starts again.

More than 100 different symptoms of PMS have been recorded, but the most common are listed below.

Physical symptoms
• Fluid retention and feeling bloated
• Pain and discomfort in your abdomen (tummy)
• Headaches
• Changes to your skin and hair
• Backache
• Muscle and joint pain
• Breast tenderness
• Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
• Dizziness
• Tiredness
• Nausea
• Weight gain (up to 1kg)

Psychological symptoms
• Mood swings
• Feeling upset or emotional
• Feeling irritable or angry
• Depressed mood
• Crying and tearfulness
• Anxiety
• Difficulty concentrating
• Confusion and forgetfulness
• Restlessness
• Decreased self-esteem

Behavioural symptoms
• Loss of interest in sex
• Appetite changes or food cravings

Any chronic (long-term) illnesses, such as asthma or migraine, may get worse.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
While most women with PMS find their symptoms uncomfortable, a small percentage have symptoms that are severe enough to stop them living their normal lives. This is due to a more intense type of PMS, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS, but more exaggerated. They can include:

• Feelings of hopelessness
• Persistent sadness or depression
• Extreme anger and anxiety
• Decreased interest in usual activities
• Sleeping much more or less than usual
• Very low self-esteem
• Extreme tension and irritability

PMDD can be particularly difficult to deal with because it can have a negative effect on your daily life and relationships.

TREATING PMS

A cure for premenstrual syndrome does not currently exist, but there are treatments that can help you manage your symptoms so that they do not interfere with your daily life.

However, if your PMS is mild or moderate, you may want to make changes to your diet and lifestyle before resorting to medical treatment. This is because many of the medical treatments can have side effects that may be worse than your PMS symptoms.

Lifestyle changes

Diet

• Eat smaller meals more frequently to help reduce bloating.
• Avoid eating salty foods to limit bloating and fluid retention.
• Drink lots of water (about six to eight glasses a day). Being dehydrated can make headaches and tiredness worse.
• Eat lots of complex carbohydrates, which can be found in foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.
• To improve physical and psychological symptoms of PMS, eat calcium-rich foods, such as cheese and milk. If you cannot eat dairy products, try calcium-fortified soya alternatives.
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can affect your mood and energy levels.
• Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and minerals, and may ease your PMS symptoms. Aim to eat at least five portions a day.

Exercise

•Exercise for half an hour, at least five times a week (this is the minimum recommended amount for most adults). Exercise improves your overall health and can help to alleviate depression and tiredness.
•Stretching and breathing exercises, such as yoga and pilates, can help you sleep better and reduce your stress levels.

Complementary medicines

There are many non-prescribed alternative treatments and supplements for PMS, and many women find them helpful in easing their symptoms. Examples of complementary therapies that may reduce some symptoms of PMT are magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.

Always see your GP before taking any complementary medicine or supplement. If you decide to take a complementary treatment, take one at a time so you know if it works for you. If your symptoms don’t change after three months, go back to your GP, who may recommend another treatment.

Psychological therapy

If you have psychological symptoms, such as feeling depressed or emotional, it may help to talk to a health professional. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the term for a number of therapies that are designed to help solve problems such as anxiety and depression. A cognitive behavioural therapist can help you learn new ways of managing some of your symptoms.

PMS is also sometimes known as:

  • Pre-menstrual-syndrome
  • Pre-menstrual-tension
  • PMT
  • Premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder
  • Periods

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