Pms Relief

Written by Sarah Provost
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The effects of premenstrual syndrome can range from mild annoyance to debilitation; fortunately, PMS relief has been the focus of much research in the past decade. There are a number of remedies available, ranging from life-style changes to steroids to antidepressants. All of which is good news for PMS sufferers--and those around them!

PMS symptoms occur during the two-week period between ovulation and the onset of bleeding. Symptoms include water retention, breast tenderness, depression, irritability and mood swings. When symptoms are particularly severe, the condition is known as PMDD, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Fortunately, PMDD is relatively uncommon.

PMS Relief from a Variety of Treatments

PMS relief can be obtained by several approaches, or a combination. Adjusting your diet can have excellent results. Try eating small meals to keep your blood sugar levels stable, and cut down on salt to reduce water retention. Reducing levels of sugar, caffeine and alcohol also help relieve symptoms. Dietary supplements such as calcium, magnesium and Vitamin B6 are also recommended. Take no more than 100 mg daily of Vitamin B6 to avoid side effects.

There are several medications that can provide PMS relief. First, try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers, which are sold over the counter under such names as ibuprofin or naproxen. OTC or prescription diuretics will help with water retention and bloating. For depression and mood swings, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Prozak, Paxil and Zoloft (or their generic equivalents) can be highly effective. Finally, there are various forms of hormone therapy, including birth-control pills, which have been proven to be effective methods of obtaining PMS relief.

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