PMS treatment: How to relieve the symptoms

UncategorizedWomen's health Jul 2022

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How to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Do you also often feel down, puffy, have mood swings and headaches in the days leading up to your period? Then you are like many women in the second half of your cycle. In this article, we explain the possible causes of your symptoms and the natural options for PMS treatment.

PMS Treatment – What is Premenstrual Syndrome?

Many women are affected by premenstrual syndrome (PMS). 25% to 90% of all women have symptoms, although studies on PMS are still unclear about the exact cause. A multifactorial trigger consisting of genetic disposition and hormonal disorders is suspected. Premenstrual syndrome occurs in the luteal phase, i.e. in the second half of the cycle, and most women experience the strongest symptoms in the week before their period. However, the symptoms can also persist during menstruation. If the symptoms are very severe, it is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDMS).

Common symptoms

PMS symptoms can be very diverse and vary in severity and duration from woman to woman. Up to 300 symptoms, which can be both physical and psychological, are known.

The most common physical symptoms include water retention, headaches, backaches, cravings, nausea, breast tenderness, digestive problems and skin blemishes.

Psychological complaints mainly manifest themselves in the form of mood swings, concentration problems, sleep disturbances and even depression. For some women, the complaints are so stressful that they can also result in social withdrawal during this time.

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PMS treatment: What are the treatment options?

Hormone preparations such as ovulation inhibitors (birth control pills) or progesterone preparations, as well as antidepressants, are often used to treat PMS and PDMS. These drugs have a strong influence on the body and can have many unwanted side effects. Since the exact cause of PMS and PDMS is still unclear, therapy aims to relieve the symptoms. If your symptoms are so severe that they severely limit your quality of life and put a lot of strain on your everyday life, you should definitely see a doctor.

Your lifestyle can influence the severity of your symptoms. If you only experience mild symptoms, there are several natural alternatives that can provide relief. We would like to tell you about them here.

Diet

Your diet can have a big impact on how you feel in the days leading up to your period and during your period. Make sure you maintain a balanced diet and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as healthy unsaturated fats. You can prevent water retention by eating as little salt as possible. You may also want to cut down on coffee, chocolate and alcohol in the days leading up to your period. Furthermore, you can try to avoid refined sugar, as it can cause hormonal fluctuations.

A diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help relieve symptoms. A high intake of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins can help prevent symptoms. You are also advised to eat complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber, as these have a positive effect on your digestion and can help to break down excess oestrogen.

Our vitamin drops for women, such as our Pre-Menstru Elixir with natural linseed oil, evening primrose oil, almond oil and saffron syrup, can help you meet your daily requirements of vitamin D and vitamin E, as well as your need for omega-3 fatty acids, and support your body in the period leading up to your period.

Reduce stress

Stress can not only have a negative effect on your psyche, it can also increase physical complaints such as headaches or cramps. So avoid stress as much as possible during this time and treat yourself to rest and relaxation.

Our cycle elixir for women with 5% CBD oil and omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce stress, relax and relieve discomfort.

Sport and exercise

Not only will exercise keep you fit and healthy, exercise and sport can also help you relieve your PMS symptoms. Exercise can help you get rid of stored water more quickly. Exercise also stimulates your metabolism, increases blood flow and can have an antispasmodic effect. The happy hormones released during exercise can also help relieve your mood swings and depressive moods.

Relaxation exercises

Relaxation exercises can also help you reduce stress, relieve cramps and ease your psychological symptoms. Try incorporating meditation, a short yoga session or autogenic training into your daily routine.

Cycle and symptom tracking

A cycle calendar doesn’t just help you get to know your body better. Tracking your cycle and PMS symptoms can also help you identify possible triggers for your symptoms and help you avoid them. In addition, getting to know your own body and your individual symptoms can help you find a better way to deal with them.

For discomfort and cramps in the lower abdomen before and during your period, a massage with our warming menstrual oil with chili and St. John’s wort can provide relief and help ease pain and cramps.

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