Hi people, I hope you are grinding your goals already? I mean, the year is basically running as if someone is chasing? January is literally ending, lol!
So I once had a friend whose one and the only sickness is PMS… yes, she doesn’t suffer any major illness apart from PMS (that means, she would be at the hospital at least once a month because of that).
She would miss work or go late to work at least 3 days a month(except if it happens during the weekend) and this usually renders her almost or totally useless and unproductive.
I know this might be the case for many other women or milder than hers.
So let’s talk about PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)!
I know that an average woman/ lady of childbearing age would be familiar with this, but in case you don’t know what it is, it is a group of symptoms that may occur in women few days before menstruation, typically between ovulation and a period.
This may include but not limited to; tender breasts, bloating, cramps, mood swings, and headaches, food cravings, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration, break out e.g. Acne, weight gain (as a result of fluid retention) irritability, depression etc.
We can even predict why we feel the way do around this period because it is a pattern that we have noticed for some time.
Different people handle it differently; some are able to go on with their normal activities while it makes some people almost useless until the period is over.
PMS can be as a result of Cyclic changes in hormones, Chemical changes in the brain, deficiency of some vitamins e.g. Vitamin B12, high salt intake, caffeine or alcohol, and stress.
However, there are some lifestyle modifications that can help to relieve PMS;
- Reduce your salt/alcohol intake
- Exercise regularly
- Eat food rich in Vitamin B (egg, dairy products), complex carbs (whole grain, cereals, etc.), fruits and vegetables
- Take pain Killers (paracetamol is the safest, Aspirin/Ibuprofen if you are not an ulcer patient)
- Take Folic acid daily
- Do what works best for you!
If none of the above works for you, if it is getting worse than it has always been, you might need to see a gynecologist, some other things like endometriosis, fibroid and ovarian cyst might be the cause.
Share with friends if you find it helpful and male readers please forward it to the females in your life, you don’t know their struggles.
Adenike a.k.a The Sent Nurse!