Let’s talk about… How to deal with PMS

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Hello readers, I know most of my readers are females and I think this post can help us all.  I know is not common to see this kind of topic in a beauty blog, but beauty start in the inside.  We need to be healthy to be beautiful; we have to take care of our body and health.  I'm not a doctor, this is all by personal experience, friends suggestions and online research.  Remember, what works for me not always works for you.

Premenstrual symptoms are a natural part of the menstrual cycle, affecting most women at some time during their lives. If your body doesn't react strongly to its monthly hormonal changes, you probably have mild premenstrual symptoms or none at all. But if you have one or more mild to moderate premenstrual symptoms that disrupt your work, relationships with others, or sense of well-being, you are said to have premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
PMS symptoms vary greatly from woman to woman and cycle to cycle, and they can range from mild to severe. Some women note that their symptoms are worse during times of increased emotional or physical stress. Of the more than 150 symptoms that have been linked to PMS, the most common are listed below.

Physical symptoms include:
  • Breast swelling and tenderness.
  • Bloating, water retention, weight gain.
  • Changes in bowel habits.
  • Acne.
  • Nipple discharge when nipples or breasts are pressed. (Any leakage that spontaneously happens when you aren't pressing on the nipple should be checked by a health professional.)
  • Food cravings, especially for sweet or salty foods.
  • Sleep pattern changes.
  • Fatigue, lack of energy.
  • Decreased sexual desire.
  • Pain. Common complaints include headaches or migraines, breast tenderness, aching muscles and joints, or cramps and low back pain prior to menstrual bleeding.
Behavioral symptoms include:
  • Aggression.
  • Withdrawal from family and friends.
Emotional and cognitive symptoms include:
  • Depression, sadness, hopelessness.
  • Anger, irritability.
  • Anxiety.
  • Mood swings.
  • Decreased alertness, inability to concentrate.

How to deal with this?  By personal experience and doing some short interviews between girls here are few tips: 
  •      Aspirins, by personal experience last time I tried to kill the pain with aspirin, my period lasted 25 days and I ended up with a anaemia.  Since then I never take aspirins during my cycle, I suggest you to be careful.
  •      Pain relieve: Midol (provide relief of many symptoms suffered during your menstrual period. It contains a unique combination of a maximum strength pain reliever, a diuretic to help relieve bloating and caffeine to help fight fatigue.) Hot cocoa and warm milk works for me.  Warm water help you relax, sooth the pain and calm your senses. You can also run yourself a nice bath with two drops of jasmine, geranium or camomile oil.  A warm bath with a few drops of lavender oil or a heating pad or water bottle on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.  Relaxation and massage can work wonders. Place a hot or cold towel on the forehead to soothe aches and pains. Calcium pills can help you reduce abdominal pain, recommended by nutritionist.
  •      Avoid: sweets, salty foods, caffeine, and alcohol. That may mean passing up some of the things you like best - but it can alleviate some of the symptoms you hate most. Like anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and headaches. Cut back on salt to help prevent water retention. Water retention can lead to breast tenderness; swelling of your feet, ankles, and hands; and headaches.  
  •      Incorporate at least one portion of food that contains vitamin B6 into your daily diet. Or try a herbal supplement – black cohosh, raspberry leaf and chasteberry are some of the common herbs used to minimise symptoms.
  •      Stress - This can inhibit the release of certain hormones and worsen PMS. Meditation or relaxation exercises may help. Stress can contribute to heavy bleeding – so learn some relaxation techniques such as mediation, or join a yoga or Pilates class.  Relaxation and massage can work wonders. Place a hot or cold towel on the forehead to soothe aches and pains.
  •      Moderate exercise can help relax muscles - and alleviate cramps, headaches, backaches, and all kinds of body aches and pains. Lack of exercise can increase feelings of fatigue, so go for a walk in the fresh air. Eat little and often, especially low GI (glycaemic index) snacks such as oatcakes to keep your energy levels stable. But avoid sugary snacks and caffeine because this could make you 'crash' after the short-lived high and leave you feeling worse.
  •      Acne – I always get at least ONE pimple when I get my period, to control the situation I use Mary Kay Acne Treatment Gel.  I apply this during the morning and before going to bed at night on the pimple, it kill it in 3 days and it won’t get on the ugly/nasty state that we all hate.   If is a constant situation, there’s Velocity®Facial Cleanser and Velocity® Lightweight Moisturizer that works against acne. For more information about the products, click on the names. 
  •      Have fun – If you feel better, don’t forget to always have fun! When I’m feeling crappy because of this, I always call my boy or my friends to play PS3 or watch movies at my house. Its always fun and helps you feels a lot better. Trust me!

Can I control my PMS symptoms? To a great extent, yes. Hormones are extremely sensitive to diet, exercise, work, and sleep patterns. Making changes in those everyday activities can make a big difference in the way you feel.

I hope this tips can help! Do you have any tips, recommendations or suggestions to help others? Let us know! 

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