Once a month, there is time when everything seems to go wrong. This PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome phase is a very common situation women encounter. The mood swing, along with pain all over the body are assumed as monthly routines one most likely to experience. Certainly those are natural process. However, do they really have to be intensely painful?
The Causes of Premenstrual Syndrome
PMS is part of menstrual cycle which takes place shortly before the period. It is greatly known to have impacts on women’s emotion, physical condition, and also behavior. The condition is said to be normal as up to 80% women experience it. Although there are no exact causes found, researchers assumed that PMS is closely related to the change of hormone level during the cycle. Estrogen and progesterone level increase.
This increasing hormone level is possibly responsible for mood swings, anxiety, and perverseness during the days. Do not worry, PMS naturally disappears once the menstruation begins. However, there are some conditions that you must be more attentive in taking care of yourself when experiencing PMS. Physical and emotional trauma, depression history are among issues you must carefully watch. See your doctor when PMS start to significantly affect your life and will not seem to go away after certain period of time.
Good news is, there are things we can try to at least reduce the monthly pain. The impact may be different concerning to each physical condition.
- Healthy Diet
Researchers advise nutritious, low-fat foods to reduce the pain of the cramp. It means consuming more vegetables and avoiding certain foods which are high in fat, salt, sodas, and alcohol. Replace your caffeinated drinks with warm, herbal tea or water with lemon juice.
By eating this way, you will notice the decreasing pain and body inflammation. Moreover, it can improve your health in general.
- Relaxing The Nervous System
Massage is traditional remedy that can help the tensed muscles more relaxed. Use essential oils to massage your lower abdomen with circular motions. Remain gentle by using your fingertips. You can also try warm bath to relax the nervous system.
Regular exercise is good for the metabolism, includes menstrual cycle. It also makes the body gains more resistance during PMS. If you start to feel the monthly pain, try moderate physical activity such as cycling, walking, or swimming.