Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the symptoms some women experience just before their periods or during ovulation.
The symptoms include irritability cramps, breast tenderness, flatulence and bloating, backache, insomnia and fatigue among others.
It is normal to experience this kind of symptoms but when they disrupt your everyday life and activities, they cease to be normal.
Hormonal imbalances have been attributed to the premenstrual syndrome.
Not all women have cycles with 28 days; some can go to as long as 32 days while some as short as twenty-three to twenty-five days depending on the person.
Ovulation commonly starts at the 10th to 14th day while menstruation starts on the 28th day.
The first day of menstruation is counted as day one of your cycle.
For those with less than 28 days of their cycle, the ovulation period is the 10th day to the 20th.day.
Counting eight days after your period and basing them as your ovulation window can also work.
Understanding your ovulation days is a prerequisite to judge the general feeling and the severity of those symptoms.
PMS symptoms can also be confused with early pregnancy symptoms so it’s important to keep that in mind.
Perhaps one of the sellout symptoms could be breast tenderness coupled with pain; it’s either PMS or pregnancy.
Fatigue, insomnia, headaches, leg pain and irregular sleeping pattern are most likely to hinder your daily activities.
These are the symptoms that notify you that something is wrong. It is also significant for every woman to keep a calendar of her cycles so as to determine how frequency the symptoms occurs.
Instead of lying in bed and feeling unproductive during this period, certain lifestyle changes can make life bearable. For example, you need to:
Lay off the Caffeine
You are already experiencing insomnia and abnormal sleeping patterns. Having a caffeine free diet helps you not aggravate the situation further.
Exercise helps deal with the headaches by increasing blood flow. I kid you not that some headaches remain even after medication dies down.
Drink more water and eat vegetables to help deal with the bloating.
For this, incorporate lemons and citruses into your diet as lemons are oxidants and will reduce the bloating.
High carbohydrates intake lead to increased production of insulin. Furthermore, more hormones will likely be produced, amplifying acne breakout. For this reason it is encouraged that you reduce your intake of starch and, alternatively, add lemons and vegetables.
Sleep at least eight hours to counter fatigue and headaches.
Look out for;
Like we mentioned above, high level of testosterone will, at times, raises libido level. If you get charged towards flirtatious, don’t be surprised at all.
As much as the changes are taking place, certain senses in terms of eloquence, hearing, smelling and memory will also be triggered.
If the symptoms are severe visit a gynecologist for diagnosis and treatment.
Keep a calendar and diary to mark the days your symptoms fall on if you plan to visit the doctor in future.
By Sarah Ngima