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Alternative PMS Relief. Natural ways to feel better.

Updated on March 5, 2013

Premenstrual Syndrome is one of the most common complaints of young women. These symptoms could vary from one cycle to the other but many women often find themselves asking about PMS Relief. There are many physical and emotional PMS symptoms and each of them have different ways to be controlled and managed. The most common PMS symptoms can usually be relieved with modifications to lifestyle and diet to include more exercise and less caffeine amongst others. Other alternatives include hormonal treatment via birth control pill, or natural PMS remedies that include ingredients like Black Cohosh, Pasque flower, Lemon balm, Sweet fennel etc and calcium supplements.

Exercise is said to help PMS symptoms and although studies are still unclear, exercising is still a positive experience that is safe and healthy to practise! Exercising tends to give a "high", helping to deflect depressed and anxious feelings that may be present due to PMS. If possible, aim for at least 30 mins a few times per week! If this is not possible try to engage in "easier" exercise like maybe brisk walking.

Caffeine on the other hand does not help with anxiety, moodiness and water retention and is best avoided during PMS. Opt for other drinks that are low in caffeine or for decaf coffee. Keep in mind that coffee is addictive and should be weened off because otherwise it would cause withdrawal symptoms.

Some women get relief from PMS symptoms using natural herbs. There are several products on the market that combine these herbs to produce natural PMS remedies. Femalite, Menstium and Premcal are all very popular choices. One may also opt for PMS Tea, which may replace the coffee and provide double action against PMS symptoms.

Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin B-6 are all known to reduce PMS symptoms. It is wise to consult a doctor for proper dosage before trying them out. Calcium is said to help with both the physical and psychological effects of PMS while Magnesium helps with bloating and water retention.

Hormonal treatment may also be an option. A gynaecologist would be able to suggest the best available treatment according to the symptoms. One of the options is the contraceptive pill. Some recent studies have concluded that an oral contraceptive pill containing drospirenone is proving to be effective in reducing premenstrual symptoms.

For milder symptoms, one could opt for a warm bath maybe with a few drops of essential oils. One could try adding a few drops of Clary Sage which is said to help with moodiness and cramping or some Lavender to help out with mood swings and headaches. A long luxurious soak is guaranteed to boost anyone's spirits and the warm water will help out with the cramping.

If bloating is an issue, try to cut back on junk foods and high salt food since this will not help your PMS. Opt instead for complex carbohydrates like fruit and veg and whole grains.

Finally, remember to keep track of your PMS symptoms on a calendar. This way you will be able to chart your symptoms and predict when you are likely to feel particular symptoms. After charting symptoms for a few cycles, one is likely to be able to figure out a pattern of symptoms and a better plan of action.


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      kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for your comments Silver. Glad you can pinpoint what triggers and relieves your PMS.

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      Silver Q 4 years ago

      Very helpful hub!

      Exercise and staying away from caffeine usually work for me. Thanks for all these helpful tips!

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for your comments YogaKat. Glad you found what works for you. Sometimes it takes a while experimenting before finding what works best for you.

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      YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Great ideas for PMS relief. For me calcium and exercise do the trick. Voted up, useful and interesting.