PMS is very very common and can be handled/overcome very very easily. Thays why I thought I should share what I know :).
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms related to a woman's menstrual cycle. Most women (about 80 percent) of child-bearing age have some symptoms of PMS. Such symptoms are usually predictable and occur regularly during the two weeks prior to menses. Generally, symptoms may vanish both before or after the start of menstrual flow.
Every woman I meet seems to be suffering from it. We tend to either break down or get wild at regular intervals. And later we wonder why ever we were so irrational :).
I started noting down the dates when I had mood swings and I realized that this alway happened 5-7 days before menses. I've found many things have helped me decrease the severity - drinking lotsa water, eating high-nutrition food like nuts and fruits (to make up for mineral defeciency), yoga, any regular exercise. I also consulted a doctor and was prescribed evening-primrose-oil tablets. These are helping a lot and the intensity of depression has come down drastically. (even adding the oil to your bath may soothe you down).
The peace quotient at home increases drastically if I'm able to stay calm. These simple measures are going a long way in making our nest more happy :). I feel it is the least I can do for my loved ones!
I've added some info from the web below. Hope this helps others as much as it has helped me! The key is to remember is how utterly curable and avoidable the whole issue is!!
PMS is a collection of symptoms. More than 200 different symptoms have been identified, but the three most prominent symptoms are irritability, tension, and dysphoria (unhappiness). The exact symptoms and their intensity vary from woman to woman.
- High caffeine intake
- Stress may precipitate condition
- Increasing age
- History of depression
- Tobacco use
- Family history
- Allergies to nuts, trees, grass, and markers
- Dietary factors (Low levels of certain vitamins and minerals, particularly magnesium, manganese, and vitamin E)
Many treatments have been suggested for PMS, including diet or lifestyle changes, and other supportive means. Medical interventions are primarily concerned with hormonal intervention and use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
- Eating little and often (around every 3 hours) combined with fish oil supplements keeps the blood sugar stable which lessens mood swings. Avoiding too much salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol is also beneficial.
- Supportive therapy includes evaluation, reassurance, and informational counseling, and is an important part of therapy in an attempt to help the patient regain control over her life. In addition, aerobic exercise has been found in some studies to be helpful. Some PMS symptoms may be relieved by leading a healthy lifestyle: Reduction of caffeine, sugar, and sodium intake and increase of fiber, and adequate rest and sleep.
- Dietary intervention studies indicate that calcium supplementation (1200 mg/d) may be useful. Also vitamin E (400 IU/d) has shown some effectiveness. A number of other treatments have been suggested, although research on these treatments is inconclusive so far: Vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese and tryptophan.
- SSRIs can be used to treat severe PMS. The drug most widely studied is fluoxetine at doses of 20–60 mg/d. Other drugs include sertraline, paroxetine, clomipramine, fluvoxamine, and nefadozone. These drugs can also be given intermittently, that is when symptoms are expected to occur. Although intermittent therapy might be more acceptable to some women, this might be less effective than continuous regimens.
- Hormonal intervention may take many forms:
- Diuretics have been used to handle water retention. Spironolactone has been shown in some studies to be useful.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; eg ibuprofen) have been used.
- Evening Primrose Oil, which contains gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA), has been advocated but lacks scientific support.
- Clonidine has been reported to successfully treat a significant number of women whose PMS symptoms coincide with a steep decline in serum beta-endorphin on a monthly basis.
- Chasteberry has been used by women for thousands of years to ease symptoms related to menstrual problems. It is believed some of the compounds found within Chasteberry work on the pituitary gland to balance hormone levels.