Most women are a little more irritable than usual the days before their menstrual cycle begins. In fact, approximately 80% of women suffer from physical and emotional symptoms just before their period. Symptoms may vary from woman to woman and from month to month.
Not all women have premenstrual symptoms, but millions have their lives regularly disrupted to some extent. The symptoms tend to taper off with menstruation and women remain symptom-free until the two weeks or so prior to the next menstrual period. (Some useful PMS information)
There are many ways that women can help themselves to cope with the weeks before their period. Some self-care tips include:
* Eating a healthy, well balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruit and whole grains
* Exercising regularly
* Maintaining regular sleep patterns
* Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises
* Adding calcium and vitamins to your diet
* A hot water bottle or castor oil pack relieves pain and cramping
* Hot bubble bath and aromatherapy massage
* Recording and tracking PMS symptoms in a journal
* A good support system offering understanding and empathy also helps – a spouse, partner, family members or friends
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