An estimated 85% to 90% of all women at some time in their reproductive years experience premenstrual syndrome.
Some women just feel “edgy” or washed out for a day or two while others have severe discomfort that interferes with their everyday activities. The Veranda sees your concerns and needs as unique and we can help address any symptoms that you feel are particularly discomforting.
- Abdominal bloating
- Sore breasts
- Acne breakouts
- Appetite changes or food cravings
- Upset stomach or constipation
- Headache or dizziness
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- Irritability or extreme sensitivity
- Mood swings from sadness to anger
- Crying spells
- Social withdrawal
- Forgetfulness or lack of concentration
- Change in sex drive
A general pattern of symptoms will occur around the same time each month with possible variance. Typically, in patients with PMS, the symptoms will begin near the middle of the cycle. The most intense symptoms are felt in the last seven days before your period starts and rapid relief of the symptoms is experienced once your period begins. Symptoms usually disappear between days 4 and 12 of the cycle.
Taking Charge of PMS
A healthy lifestyle, proper diet and stress management techniques can reduce your PMS symptoms. Because PMS is related to hormonal and chemical imbalances, it is necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally, to take control of PMS. In cases where more aggressive treatment is appropriate, prescription medications exist which can help alleviate symptoms and you should talk with your physician at The Veranda.
- How You Eat – Nutritional changes help up to 30% of the patients with PMS. The following diet approach is suggested to help control PMS symptoms:
- Eat less, but more often. Consume six small meals a day instead of the usual three.
- Reduce your intake of salt and sugar to minimize bloating and weight gain.
- Reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Increase your intake of vegetables, grains, starches and legumes and supplement your diet with vitamin E.
- How You Exercise – Regular exercise can help manage PMS. Spend 20 to 30 minutes each day walking or doing stretching exercises. Our physicians will assist you in determining the best exercise suited for you.
- How You Handle Stress – Be aware of your menstrual cycle and when your symptoms are most severe. Identifying and planning for stressful situations will help you bring your stress under control. Developing a diary and recording the onset of your particular symptoms can help you identify your most sensitive time periods.