Premenstrual syndrome, otherwise known as PMS is something that affects nearly everyone who has a period. It’s a combination of symptoms that many experience a week or two before their menstrual cycle. But how does it change as you get older? And how can you get relief from the sometimes bothersome symptoms? Women’s Care is here to answer all those questions and more.
Symptoms of PMS
While there is not a definitive answer as to why most people get PMS symptoms, we do know that there are changes in hormone levels when you get your period. It is these hormonal changes that most likely play a role in your PMS symptoms. The most common symptoms of PMS include swollen or tender breasts, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, cramping, headaches or backaches, irritability, sleep problems, mood swings, feelings of anxiety, and more. People who experience menstrual cycles can also be more likely to experience these symptoms as they approach menopause due to an increase in hormone levels. However, symptoms do not discriminate and as many as 75% of people who have a period will experience one form or another of symptoms.
Relief from PMS Symptoms
Unfortunately, there is no cure-all for PMS symptoms, but there are ways to help relieve most of the symptoms. One of the most common remedies is an over-the-counter medicine like Advil or ibuprofen. This especially helps with cramps and back pain. Other things, such as focusing extra on exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy while experiencing PMS can also help with mood swings and tiredness. If those don’t help, talk to your provider about finding relief with prescribed medicine. Another trick to relieve symptoms? Chocolate.
Pass The Chocolate
It’s true! Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate, can help relieve period pain. Why? Because it contains Magnesium which helps relax your muscles. This can prove to be a helpful treat to fight cramps, one of the most popular symptoms of PMS. Indulging in this sweet treat during PMS can help to stop your cramps and satisfy your sweet tooth!
While PMS symptoms aren’t the most fun to endure, it’s important to know that Women’s Care is always in your corner for support and guidance through whatever you are feeling. If you are in need of additional resources for PMS symptoms, reach out to us to get the care you deserve. And don’t forget to eat some chocolate, no cramps necessary!