|Premenstrual Syndrome consists of variety of symptoms that occur during a particular phase of menstrual cycle, usually 7-10 days before the periods begin.
These symptoms mostly begin in 20s.
10 to 50 % of women suffer from PMS regularly.
5-10 % suffers from symptoms severe enough to seek medical help.
Women most often affected by PMS are those:
PMS is rarely debilitating.
|Symptoms Of PMS occur 7-10 days before periods are due.||More intense symptoms in a small number of women|
Numerous theories are proposed to explain the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome.
Various relaxation techniques, such as yoga and meditation, can be helpful in reducing the anxiety, irritability and other emotional symptoms that sometimes occur premenstrually. The Cobra and Bow yoga positions are particularly recommended for PMS.
Hormonal agents, anti-anxiety and antidepressants may be needed in some.
|Calcium most helpful in Premenstrual syndromeOf all the dietary supplements that claim to help women reduce the physical and emotional symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), there is only one that is really helpful – calcium.
Researchers say there is convincing evidence that 1,000-1,200 milligrams/day of calcium can substantially reduce PMS symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and abdominal bloating.
Magnesium supplements of 200-400 mg/day may be helpful, but their efficacy hasn’t been proven and higher dosages can trigger a mild laxative effect. Other supplements, including vitamin B6, have conflicting results in past studies, according to a report in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Other remedies supposed to benefit PMS are chaste tree oil and dong quai. These herbs may be unsafe for women who become pregnant. No scientific evidence has proved their effectiveness.
So, if one is looking for something to help with PMS, calcium tablets are the best bet. Cutting down on fat in your diet also helps.