“Don’t talk to me and don’t piss me off – I’m premenstrual!”
“Jeez, she’s a bit bitchy – must be PMS!”
I am sure you have heard similar phrases uttered by various people at some stage or another. It can even be a bit if a running joke at playgroup or around the workplace to describe a woman’s shocking mood. But, PMS is not always a laughing matter (especially for those who suffer it) and it can become quite debilitating for some.
What is PMS?
Basically PMS is used to describe a group of various symptoms experienced by up to 90% of women sometime in the 2 weeks before their menstrual period is due. With some women, these symptoms can be few and not too severe, but for others, the symptoms can be debilitating enough to cause illness and disruption to normal life. No-one really knows exactly what the cause is but it is possibly linked with hormonal changes in the body just prior to menstruation. Some of the emotional and physical symptoms of PMS include (and they are varied):
Many of these symptoms can even be similar to the symptoms felt in early pregnancy! PMS can be a mere annoyance to some women, but if they get to the point where they take over your life and you can’t function normally, then it’s time to see a GP to get some treatment.
Management of PMS
Here are some suggested ways to manage PMS symptoms – they may work for some and not others, but they are worth a try.
In my own experience, PMS is not something you have to put up with. It is worth looking at all the different options until you find the right one for you. PMS can be life altering and incredibly annoying, but you can do something about it. I have suffered PMS for years and have tried many different options, some which have worked and some which haven’t. The best thing I can recommend is that you keep a detailed diary of your symptoms and the treatment options you have tried so that you have some information for your doctor or naturopath. Then you can work forward from there!
Information Reference: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
If you are concerned about any of your symptoms please see your doctor or we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice – http://www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-kids/babies/important-hotlines-websites/
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