Premenstrual tension or PMS as it is popularly known, are the symptoms that precede the woman’s menstrual period and can last from 5 to 10 days before menstruation , in some cases up to 15 days and disappear with her coming. PMS symptoms occur due to the increase in hormones, mainly the increase in ovarian hormones.
There are characteristic symptoms of PMS and they reach 3 of every 4 women in the main age group of 25 to 45 years of age and have passed at least one pregnancy. The ideal is that it should always be attacked, because if they do not disappear with the onset of menstruation it is not a question of PMS symptoms, which may be signs of depression and should be investigated by a specialist. Some PMS symptoms are so strong, they bring so much suffering to the woman that she has to seek the help of a doctor to take medication for relief during this period. Considered severe PMS, women may experience insomnia, depression, anguish excessive nervousness and making it impossible to live with other people during this phase, which can harm not only personal, conjugal life, but also the woman’s professional life.
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Pimples and Acnes
- Breast tenderness
- Decreased sexual appetite
- Increased appetite
In general there are pains in the legs, severe cramps, swelling in the belly, apart from the change in mood that causes variations to occur in minutes . The woman can go from extreme joy to tears in seconds and for insignificant reasons. This is one of the symptoms of PMS that are known as psychological, among them are low esteem, irritability, anxiety, insomnia and depression. There are those who say that PMS is not the invention of women, but PMS and its symptoms are real and proven, some women suffer from stronger symptoms, others with lighter ones, almost imperceptible.
How to Relieve PMS Symptoms
Depending on the intensity of the PMS symptoms, the doctor will prescribe the ideal treatment for each case. If the woman suffers from severe PMS, the specialist may prescribe antidepressants or even the use of contraceptives for continuous use that will cause this period to be interrupted, interfering with the menstrual cycle . Another suggestion are foods that help prevent PMS symptoms from occurring as intensely as fish containing omega 3 and are great anti-inflammatories, vegetables like spinach and parsley, fruits like pineapple, avocado and fig and other fiber-rich foods. All rich in vitamins B6 and vitamin E that help fight fluid retention. Teavitex Agnus-Castus and agonized tea are also strong allies for women in combating premenstrual tension.
Chocolate eaten in moderation can relieve PMS symptoms
Chocolate, which is one of the most sought after foods by women in PMS, has proven to help in this phase, since chocolate offers tryptophan, which is the substance that our body needs to produce serotonin, the hormone of satisfaction and well-being. Thus bringing a sense of pleasure, easing the woman’s irritation and bad mood. However it should be eaten without exaggeration, as it is a food rich in sugar and fat and eaten in excess can further accentuate PMS symptoms , instead of relieving them.
Avoid eating at this stage fatty foods, with a lot of sodium, and alcoholic and caffeine based drinks. Eating these foods can further accentuate PMS symptoms.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.