Each “PMS treatment” in this list is a natural remedy for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, including period cramps, depression, irritability, and moodiness. These remedies include herbal supplements, natural endorphins, and more serious medications (antidepressants).
“PMS is a chronic, cyclic mood disorder distinguished by a set of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms that affect approximately 4 out of 10 women…” writes Mary Jane Minkin, MD in Women’s Health For Life.
Note that she called premenstrual syndrome a mood disorder that recurs every month. It’s not “all in your head”! PMS symptoms are real, and they require specific remedies and treatments. To learn more about your body, read Women’s Health for Life. it’s a gorgeous, easy to understand book. If you want to have a consistent cycle, read How to Regulate Your Period.
And here are several treatments for PMS symptoms…
Natural Remedies for PMS Symptoms
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more serious version of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and can seriously impair your ability to function normally. If you suffer from moderate to severe depression in the days leading up to your period, talk to your doctor about PMDD.
Natural endorphins from exercise, meditation, chocolate
“[Exercise] has been the mainstay of PMS therapy for years,” writes Dr Minkin in Women’s Health for Life. “Aerobic exercise for at least 30-45 minutes three to four times a week will help increase endorphins (the “feel good” hormones) in your brain, which are powerful stress relievers.” If you need help for PMS cramps or irritability, get outside and get your heart rate up for 45 minutes. Also, consider meditation and a few bites of dark chocolate; research shows that both “natural remedies” increase endorphins.
Herbal remedies for PMS symptoms
“Some women swear by herbal remedies for premenstrual syndrome, but there are not sufficient scientific data to substantiate their effectiveness,” writes Dr Minkin. She says that evening primrose oil is the most popular (1,000 units or 2 standard capsules a day). She also cautions that natural remedies for PMS symptoms aren’t regulated, so make sure you buy them from a reputable supplier and follow the directions on the bottle. Source Naturals Evening Primrose Oil is one of those reputable suppliers.
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Food that reduce PMS symptoms
Eating a low salt, low concentrated carbohydrate diet may help with premenstrual symptoms. Eat lots of complex carbs, such as whole grains, beans, and oatmeal. If your periods are irregular, some foods can regulate your monthly cycle. If you don’t have regular periods, read 5 Foods That Make Your Menstrual Cycle Regular.
Eat lots of vitamins E and B6
Tender breasts and the related discomfort that comes from premenstrual syndrome may be relieved by 200-400 units per day of vitamin E and 100-200 mg per day of vitamin B6.
Low levels of folic acid and vitamin B are connected to depression, though doctors haven’t nailed down the exact link. They do know that depressed people have lower levels of folate and vitamin B. Skim milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and eggs are high in B, and can stabilize emotions in winter. And, they’ll boost your immune system because they’re rich in folate and vitamin B.
Antidepressants and PMS symptoms
If your PMS symptoms include fatigue, food cravings, mood swings, and sleeping problems, then antidepressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be prescribed. This is a little confusing, since most women with PMS do have those symptoms! But, if you severe PMS symptoms every month, then you might want to talk to your doctor about whether you’re struggling with depression as well.
For more natural remedies for premenstrual symptoms, read What to Eat for a Normal Menstrual Cycle.
Do you have any comments about these PMS treatments? I welcome your thoughts below! I can’t offer PMS advice or counseling, but it may help you to share your experience.
May your periods become regular, and your PMS symptoms a thing of the past!