Not only the menstrual cycle, some girls also hate what comes before, the ever dreaded PMS or Pre-menstrual Syndrome. Credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Healthcare_g355-Woman_Abdominal_Pain_p75792.htmlIt is cluster of symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. The symptoms will usually start 2 weeks before your menstruation and goes away after you have started bleeding.
It affects any woman who menstruates at any age. However, the severity of these symptoms varies for each woman. The good news is that it will go away once you get pregnant or during your menopause.
As to the cause of PMS, it involves many factors to be considered. Here are two possible causes of PMS:
- Sodium excess in the body
For the lucky ones who don’t experience PMS, here are the symptoms:
- Swollen breasts
- Changes in your bowel movements (Constipation or Diarrhea)
- Insane food cravings
- Joint or muscle pain
- Mood swings, irritability and stress
- Headache or Backache
- Menstrual Cramping
These symptoms are not always present whenever you have PMS. It also varies with each woman.
Now that you know the possible causes and its symptoms, let’s proceed with the answers every woman in PMSville asks; “How do I make the symptoms go away?”
Acne is caused by changes in your hormones during your menstrual cycle. For some, stress with hormonal changes will exacerbate breakouts whether we like it or not. Here are some tips to minimize or avoid acne during PMS stage.Credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Beauty_and_Cosmetics_g419-Girl_Squeezing_Pimple_p65213.html
- Do not pick your face. As tempting as it is, picking your face will not make your acne go. It will actually leave acne scars which are hard to remove afterwards.
- Have a skin care regimen that fits your skin type (oily, dry or normal) to have a healthy and clean complexion that would prevent your breakouts during PMS.
- If you wear makeup, always clean your face before sleeping. Also, clean your makeup brush at least once a week with mild soap. Failure to do so will harbor nasty bacteria in your make up which eventually lands in your face.
Menstrual Cramps, Swollen breast, Headache, Backache, Joint and Muscle Pain
Take medicines that can be bought over-the-counter that could relieve these symptoms such as:
Bloating, Changes in Bowel movements and Food cravings.
- Eat fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
- Put away junk foods. Bloating is caused by excessive sodium in your body. Stay away from processed foods, caffeine and alcohol and follow the first tip.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Exercise. It may seem like the opposite of what should be done but exercise really helps. Try a combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity.
- Get enough sleep.
For Mood swings, Irritability and Stress:
- Talk to someone. Just hang out where you can feel relaxed with that someone you can open up to. Cry if you have to, to release your tension.
- Go for a massage.
PMS should not stop you from having the best time of your life. Just follow these simple tips and you’ll worry less about PMS and think more of ways to enjoy and make your time more productive