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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

You feel one or more symptoms, you are probably part of the 85% of women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome.

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS as it is often called, is a real disorder that many women know well. They say real because too many people like to tease invoking the SPM, as if it was an excuse invented rather than real indisposition. The problem, if there is one, is that the SPM is poorly known scientists still do not know why it happens.

We know that the syndrome results in a set of physical and psychological symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, or breast tenderness, discomfort that appear a few days before the onset of menstruation. It may take a few hours as two weeks. And it usually disappears when menstruation begins.

The results of some studies suggest that mood swings of PMS are related to increased levels of serotonin and progesterone. According to other studies, which would be estrogen water retention responsible for some physical symptoms.

The PMS is not considered a serious disorder, and discomfort it causes vary widely. For some, PMS is very uncomfortable and even disturbing their daily activities, to take leave for example. Others have never suffered and feel perfectly fine during the days preceding menstruation.

We consult?
In fact, it is rare that women consult about it. Since the symptoms reappear each menstrual cycle, they are easy to recognize. Most women simply learn to live with or found stuff to relieve themselves. It may be to spoil more in that period, to avoid dramatic situations, watching your diet and exercise!

Since most women do not seek, it is quite difficult to get accurate statistics on the subject. It is estimated that 85% even when women suffer from one or more symptoms at the approach of menstruation. It is also believed that between 5 and 10% suffer from severe symptoms.

According to a survey reported by The Press of 14 December 2006, 20% of women describe symptoms they experience before their periods of severe or very severe. Three out of 10 respondents say it affects their personal lives, while 23% trust that this has an impact on their sex life.

Of the women who responded to the survey, 30% have already missed work because of PMS. Almost half say they have headaches and lack of energy before menstruation, while 62% are bloated or gain weight.

Symptoms are physical, but also psychological. Thus, 74% of respondents are irritable before their periods, 58% have mood swings, 30% feel anger, anxiety 29% and 21% concentration problems.

What to do?
When symptoms beyond mere slight indisposition, it may be wise to consult a doctor or pharmacist who will direct you to specific products that can bring relief (eg, analgesic such as Tylenol or Motrin). We recommend watching your diet and perhaps take a supplement of calcium, magnesium and vitamin E, as well as taking a diuretic can help reduce the effects of water retention. Natural products such as evening primrose oil can also provide some relief. But as there is no specific drug to treat premenstrual syndrome, it may try several alternatives before finding the right one.

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