Premenstrual Syndrome

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Most women have physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms prior to menstruation. These symptoms are referred to as premenstrual syndrome, more commonly known as PMS. Premenstrual syndrome can not only be painful for the woman in question, but can also cause her extreme emotional distress as well as emotional distress in those close to her.

While premenstrual syndrome is common for most women, some women experience stronger symptoms than others. There are a large variety of causes for these cases, ranging from external physical and emotional factors, to internal factors. Stress can contribute heavily to the intensity of premenstrual syndrome symptoms. High alcohol or caffeine intake can also increase symptoms.

Treatments For Premenstrual Syndrome

Cramps related to menstruation are not symptoms of PMS, but are part of dysmenorrhea. Women can suffer the effects of both premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea and often are looking for relief from both. There are many different approaches that women take to get relief from cramps and PMS.

Ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most common medicines taken to help with dysmenorrhea and PMS. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are becoming a prevalent method of controlling mood related problems. SSRIs have been facing a tough time with consumers though. Although the risks of taking an SSRI are low, every person reacts differently and sometimes has adverse reactions.

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